Maidan Revolution protesters lament enduring corruption in Ukraine, 10 years on | EUROtoday

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Ukraine is marking the tenth anniversary of the capturing of dozens of protesters in Kyiv through the Maidan Revolution, which toppled the nation’s Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovych and led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and a pro-Russian separatist motion within the east. FRANCE 24’s Gulliver Cragg spoke with Denys Tarakhkotelik, a protest chief through the revolution who runs Yanukovych’s former property as a park and museum, and activist Oleh Symoroz about how Ukraine is tackling corruption a decade after Maidan.

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Tarakhkotelik shouldn’t be impressed with Ukraine’s effort to deal with corruption. “The sums involved are not as large as during Yanukovych’s time, but to be honest, if you look at the recent case of embezzlement from the defence ministry, to me that’s an even worse crime because now we’re at war.”

Symoroz can be involved about corruption in Ukraine. But he doesn’t really feel that the Maidan Revolution was a failure. “We chose freedom of speech, we prevented our country from being turned into another Belarus or Russia. We see how all opposition there were shut down. We’re still able to speak out when things go wrong.”

Amid Russia’s heightened offensive in Ukraine’s east and south, President Volodymyr Zelensky posted a message on Facebook on Tuesday to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Maidan.

“It has been 10 years since the attempts to destroy us and our independence,” he stated. “But we stood firm 10 years ago and continue to do so today.”

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