Ukraine’s Internet Turns On Its President After He Snubs Europe For Russia
Ukraine shocked the EU and many of its own citizens Thursday when President Viktor Yanukovych’s government abruptly pulled out of a deal to bring his country to Europe and declared it would move closer to Russia.
The EU had wooed Yanukovych heavily and long considered the agreement a done deal. In recent weeks, however, concerted economic pressure from Moscow appears to have worked on Yanukovych, mindful of the next presidential election in 2015.
Yanukovych reportedly blamed his decision on Russian economic “blackmail,” but many Ukrainians accuse him of betraying the country. This picture of him and Putin is captioned, “Sold!”
Protesters are gathering at Independence Square in Kiev, or the Maidan, the site of huge demonstrations against Yanukovych during 2004’s Orange Revolution. Organizers are using the hashtag #євромайдан. Friday is the revolution’s ninth anniversary.