Demonstrations and civil unrest - Ukrainians demand trustworthy police and respect for human rights.
Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. Ukraine borders the Russian Federation to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the west, Romania and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively.
Kiev is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River. The population of Kiev as of July 2013 was 2.8 million – The total population of Ukraine is 45.5 million
Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych is the current President of Ukraine.
The Euromaidan (Independence square) is a wave of ongoing demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine, which began on the night of 21 November 2013 with very large public protests demanding closer European integration. The scope of the protests has since evolved, with many calls for the resignation of President Yanukovych and his government. Protesters also have stated they joined because of the dispersal of protesters on 30 November and "a will to change life in Ukraine".
The ongoing country-wide protests began after Viktor Yanukovych turned away from closer ties with the EU in favour of getting a rescue loan from Russia. However, most people are tired of total corruption in all spheres of life and the lack of justice and security. The middle class has become an engine of the protest since it suffered harassment from the tax agencies. Now the protest has joined with the radicals, who actually began violent confrontation on Sunday, tired of waiting for action from the liberal opposition. However, they have support among the majority of protesters.
Ukraine is part of Europe geographically, but for the demonstrators and their supporters the concept of "Europe" has the resonance of a vision, vivid and frustratingly out of reach. To them, Europe implies genuine democracy, trustworthy police and sincere respect for human rights.