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UKRAINE: REFORMS AFTER THE STORM

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After his destitution, Yanukovich has run away from Kiev and a new pro-EU interim government has been settled.

More than 88 people, mostly anti-Yanukovich’s protesters, have been killed during the last week’s clashes but the Kiev’s Independent Square is still full of Ukrainian demonstrators, waiting for a definitive democratic reform of the political system and ready to fight again.

Yanukovich was forced to revoke the Constitutional Reform: the parliament passed a law that reinstated the December 8th  2004 amendments. The leader of the Orange Revolution, Yulia Tymoshenko, has been released from the hospital of the Kharkiv’s prison. “You are heroes. You are the best people of ever” Tymoshenko said to the Ukrainian protesters in Maidan.

Ukraine has to face not only a democratic challenge but also a strong economic crisis. Russia is angered to losing an important ally after the Yanukovich’s destitution and the new Western-oriented government of Olexander Turchynov. He recently met EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Kiev in order to set an agenda of the most important priorities before the political elections in May 2014.

Before the Ukrainian clashes, Moscow promised to provide $15bn for Ukraine’s struggling economy. Now there are fears Putin could withdraw that offer, a dramatic scenario for Kiev’s financial situation.

These days are fundamental for Ukraine’s future: essential political and economic reforms are required. For Kiev it’s time to change and European Union has an opportunity to regain a political role after an alarming paralysis.

Mattia Sozio

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