Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was heckled by protesters as he tried to pay tribute to the victims of the last year’s Euromaidan riots in Kiev, which saw around 100 dead and led to a regime change in the country.
It’s been a year since thousands of peaceful protesters took part in the initial Euromaidan rallies in Kiev, hoping for a brighter future. Since that optimistic start, the state has been torn to shreds and now its very future is in doubt.
As a country with few socio-economic and political problems Ukraine has turned into a failed state torn by civil war and sectarian violence, with a lack of constitutional order and a destroyed economy, foreign affairs expert Nebojsa Malic told RT.
Protesters who went out to Kiev’s Maidan Square exactly a year ago have their goal – a deal with the EU – achieved. However, they hardly expected the protest would also trigger a bloody civil war which has already claimed 4,000 lives.
The West tries to prevent investigations in eastern Ukraine because they don’t want a situation where the Kiev government is found to be guilty of war crimes, Alexander Mercouris, International Affairs Editor for Russia Insider, told RT.
The leader of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky has thrown down the gauntlet to the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, pledging that "the one who wins, will set his terms" for ending the bloody conflict in the region.
Russia's foreign minister, known for his impeccable diplomatic skills, brightened the mood of the media conference held in Moscow after meeting with the German FM. Both diplomats chuckled at a joke directed at RT.
Kiev and militias in E.Ukraine should continue a direct dialogue in the light of the national and local Donetsk and Lugansk elections, the Russian FM said after meeting his German counterpart. Both called for further implementation of the Minsk deal