In 2014, for the first time in seven decades, a state sought to redraw Europe’s map by way of military aggression. Russia’s theft of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula commanded condemnation and economic sanctions from around the world. But as the news coverage moved on, Moscow was left to design a new assault: an 12-mile bridge between Russia’s mainland and Crimea.
The Ukrainian people will not watch as Russia continues its creeping annexation of our country. Four years ago, in the aftermath of our revolution, Ukraine alone was not able to withstand a Russian military adventure. But today our resolve is strong, and we are prepared to stand up to Russia.… Seguir leyendo »
On June 7, Ukraine’s parliament passed long-awaited legislation establishing a special anti-corruption court. Our country took another important move forward on its path toward building a European state where all are equal under the law. This was not the first step in this journey, and it won’t be the last. But I believe it showed that our journey toward a genuine democracy is now irreversible.
Nobody would argue that our reform process has been easy. Over the past two decades, Ukrainians have become skeptical that there could be any progress in the fight against the scourge of corruption. Nevertheless, the Euromaidan Revolution of Dignity gave Ukrainians hope for a new future of accountable leaders and the rule of law.… Seguir leyendo »
Hace tres años, Ucrania se debatía aún entre un insidioso régimen autoritario y una democracia debilitada. Muchos mirábamos con entusiasmo un transformador acuerdo de asociación con la UE que debía firmarse a finales de noviembre de 2013. El que dichas expectativas no se cumpliesen supuso una humillación para millones de ucranios, que aspiraban al bienestar, al respeto y sobre todo a una ruptura definitiva con el pasado. Al instante, las protestas masivas entraron en una espiral ascendente, que culminó con la Revolución de la dignidad, una implacable demostración de la voluntad de nuestros ciudadanos, que al fin logró expulsar del poder al régimen en quiebra e insufló nueva esperanza en una futura Ucrania que acabase formando parte de Europa.… Seguir leyendo »
When 298 innocent people were shot out of the sky by a Russian missile 10 days ago, people everywhere finally began to understand what is at stake in Ukraine.
Half a year ago, I was not even considering becoming president of Ukraine. But like a great many Ukrainians at the time, I was disturbed that then-president Viktor Yanukovych constrained Ukraine’s future by rejecting an association agreement with the European Union, choosing a customs union with Moscow instead. Like so many of my countrymen, I believed that for Ukraine to become a modern and successful country, it needed to expand its ties with the West and end widespread corruption and abuses of power.… Seguir leyendo »