Updated at 15:27,23-09-2020

Ukraine from different perspectives: Fight for freedom or mass riots?


The East and the West have split over Ukraine: the NATO Secretary General slammed the Russian authorities for their pressure on Kyiv. At their turn, Russian MPs blame European politicians for premediated destabilization of the situation in Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin has halted the implementation of a financial aid package promised to Viktor Yanykovych.

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BARACK OBAMA, U.S. President:

In Ukraine, we stand for the principle that all people have the right to express themselves freely and peacefully, and have a say in their country’s future.

The latest developments in Ukraine seem to be first steps to stabilization, the EU believes. But international agency Standard & Poor's downgraded the country's credit risk rating by one notch to CCC+ from B-, citing political instability. This might have also caused Russia's decision to suspend $15 billion worth of loans.

"Let’s wait for the new Ukrainian government to be formed," responded Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Some governments are walking the talk: Canada has put some Ukrainian officials under entry ban; Lithuania has welcomed several wounded protesters in their country.

DALIA GRYBAUSKAITE, President of Lithuania:
Rostyslav Melnyk is the first Ukrainian citizen treated in Lithuania after he suffered injuries during the events in Kiev. Lithuania understands democratic aspirations of the Ukrainian people and stands ready to help. Lithuanian healthcare professionals will provide the best medical assistance and care.

The bloc's delegation arrived in Ukraine; its members are meeting with the authorities and opposition. The German Chancellor expressed her support for 'efforts for a peaceful solution of the conflict and the justified demands of the opposition'.

ANGELA MERKEL, German Chancellor:
It remains unchanged that the door for the signing of the association agreement with the EU remains open for Ukraine and it still applies that the risk of an 'either...or' in the relationship of the eastern countries with Russia must be overcome and I am convinced that it can be resolved in patient negotiations.

To make strong statements some do not need to visit Ukraine. Russia's Federal Council considers the events as 'mass riots'. Russian MPs believe that it is the leaders taking people to the streets who are responsible for victims and injured; the authorities who gave orders to shoot and persecute have nothing to do with it, they say.