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The empty Maidan on the day of the national holiday, the Day of Dignity and Freedom, is an objective assessment of the “orange” shock of 2004 and the unconstitutional armed seizure of power in 2014

The empty Independence Square (only a few dozen people came to the Maidan) on the day of the public holiday established in honor of the Orange Revolution in 2004 and the unconstitutional armed seizure of power in 2014 is an objective and harsh assessment that the Ukrainian people have attached to these events.

Why today one may argue that this day has not become a day of dignity and freedom, and only the definition of “so-called” is suitable for these notions?  What did the Maidans lead to?

After the Orange Revolution of 2004, a year in which economic growth reached a record indicator of 12.4%, in 2005, after Yushchenko came to power and as a result of the “orange” shock, a collapse from 12.4% to 2.6% occurred.

It was in 2005 that the collapse of the country and its economy began after the first shocks, which Ukraine did not get over.  Then a new blow, inflicted by the events of 2013-2014, when the country later under Poroshenko became poor, and under Zelenskyy turned into a beggar.

Compare yourselves what has been happening during 7 years since 2013. According to official figures:

the country’s public debt grew by 302%;

inflow of foreign direct investment in Ukraine decreased by 54%;

tariffs for housing and communal services for the population (gas, heat, electricity, water supply) increased by an average of 821% (9.2 times);

the subsistence minimum decreased by 49.4%;

the minimum pension decreased by 49.3%;

wage arrears increased by 373%;

the population’s debt for housing and communal services increased by 349% since 2014;

food prices increased by 241%;

for meat and meat products – by 239%;

for bread and bakery products – by 287%.

Probably the incomes of Ukrainians have increased?  Yes, over 7 years the average monthly wage has grown by as much as 3.3% in dollar equivalent (in 2013 – $ 408, now – $ 422).

Is this the dignity that people fought for?  What dignity can we talk about if the government has not provided people with a decent standard of living, but brought them to poverty?

And freedom, which was so ardently talked about from the scenes of the Maidans degenerated into the right of a handful of national radicals to organize criminal street terror.  And what about the rally on November 21 under “Feofania”, where the so-called admirers of “dignity and freedom” demanded that the President of Ukraine released the so-called revolutionaries from criminal responsibility, so that together they could take advantage of the main gain of the 2014 revolution: terrorize the courts, crack down on non-conformists, engage in raiding with the complete criminal connivance of the government. This rally is a vivid testimony to the complete stupidity, limitation and doom of people who are trying to present to the entire Ukrainian people that the events that happened in 2004 and 2014 were a triumph of dignity and freedom.

Here is this dignity, here is this freedom for you – fortunately, they are celebrated by a limited number of equally limited people. Everyone else, and I want to believe in it, finally became disillusioned and understood: the events that happened as a result of revolutionary upheavals threw the country back decades, made the economy collapse, destroyed the government system, opened the way for lawlessness.

This catastrophe hit Ukraine’s sovereignty most radically.  The external control that was introduced towards our country in 2014 by overseas owners demonstrates that we are completely losing the independence of Ukraine.  And this is also the consequences of the Maidan, the result of the actions of those who were coming with the slogan “Ukraine is Europe”, but achieved merely that Ukraine is turning into a colony. And the colonies can have neither freedom nor dignity.

It is impossible to return them only by appeals for a so-called civilizational choice, under the guise of false patriotism or celebrating what has pushed our country into the abyss. It is possible to return freedom and dignity to Ukraine only by defeating the three main enemies of our country, which are precisely generated by the events of 2004 and 2014: degradation, de-industrialization and de-intellectualization.  If we do not stop these processes of sliding, chaos and destruction, Ukraine will cease to exist as a state.

 “Today, we must not only remember the key moments of our history, but also learn and draw important lessons. For people, revolution is the path to the desired changes. For politicians, this is the path to the desired official posts,” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his video message on the day of the national holiday on November 21. The conclusion is correct.  This begs the question: when to expect adequate actions?  And should we wait for them at all?

Viktor Medvedchuk,

Chair of the Political Council of the OPPOSITION PLATFORM – FOR LIFE party

Опубликовано: 22 November 2020