Yuriy Lutsenko: This is not my Maidan



2014/08/08 • Politics

By Yuriy Lutsenko

In response to many questions about the current situation on the Maidan, here is my answer: this is not my Maidan. I do not understand why people wearing bulletproof vests and carrying automatic weapons are not in the ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation). I do not understand why volunteer and civic organizations cannot work in the Ukrainian House, instead of on Kreshchatyk (Street). I do not understand why driving on the cobblestones of Institutska (Street) is considered to be a sin, but getting drunk on Institutska is not.

In short, I think that the events in the center of the Ukrainian capital are a private matter of certain self-interested individuals, not a matter of society in general. As a result, this is not a Maidan of Dignity, but a playground of personal interests and ambitions.

And most importantly: the main events are occurring not on the Maidan, but on the borders of our country.  Yesterday’s meeting at the Kremlin regarding the Ukrainian question compels us to maximize our war-readiness. That from which God spared us on June 1819  is again on Putin’s daily agenda.

It would be very important to have a decision about Ukraine’s joining NATO in the event of a direct intervention. But in any case, for us the most important thing is internal unity.

Source: Yuri Lutsenko’s Facebook page, translated by Handzia Savytska

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  • Robert Drake

    The answer is actually very simple. The Maidan is the only non corrupt thing that Ukraine’s youth and activism own. And once it is gone, to many the hope for real change is gone.

    The trade for taking down the tents… should be the freedom from corruption… because it is the Maidan that took out Yanukovich and sacrificed for Ukraine’s future, and not the politicians who signed the compromise agreement with him the night after so many had died.

    Obviously the Rada is not there yet, in the cause of restoring justice and prosperity to their political agenda. Thus the tents stay where they are… symbols that no one will give up until there is a different political reality and not just a euphoria that survives only a few months just to be fooled into another free for all of greed. Pass a law or two to stop corruption… pass a law that guarantees freedom… the trade those laws for a few tents… give people something tangible for their dire sacrifices for their country.

    Bring the Maidan the freedom they fought for, and real political change, and the tents will evaporate like sparkling dew on a Ukrainian sunflower on a warm sunny day.

    • Jacob Schønberg

      To remove corruption has nothing to do with what go on on Maidan! 1 step is to get many people to wote on a new and efficient parliament. 2 step is to improve the law and create the legal office to invetigate. These thing will happen because joining EU depend on it. Drunk people burning tires do not improve anything.

  • Walter Salmaniw

    Alya, your email has been hacked. Received an email saying you were in Cyprus and lost your purse.

    • Robert Drake

      well… I hope at least you sent me hotel costs and airfare, and maybe a new I-phone? LOL. My email has been “replicated” to look like mine. Hacked no, copied and distributed for free plane tickets or the like, yes.