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Agnieszka Piasecka

Euromaidan: Media & Information Chaos in Ukraine

It’s been more than a week since President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union. Since then protests have started under the common theme #Euromaidan. Twitter and Facebook boosted with information, bloggers started sharing stories and OpEds – everything but actual analysis of what really happens in Ukraine.

Euromaidan, 2 December 2013, author: Ludmila Slyesaryeva, source: Eastbook.eu

Euromaidan, 2 December 2013, author: Ludmila Slyesaryeva, source: Eastbook.eu

The way the current situation is presented – basing on Twitter, Facebook and blogs, but also news circulating over the Internet – might suggest that the society of Ukraine is unified against the rulers, that everyone wants to associate with the EU and that there is a revolution ongoing which will either end up in bloodshed or a coup. Or probably both.

Any questions to protesters of Euromaidan – what’s next, if they are willing to negotiate with their president or if they are afraid of imposing martial law in case the emotions get too heated – so far remain unanswered.

“…do Euromaidan protesters really want to clash with the government?”

There is no actual real picture of events. The society is divided. Not everyone supports the EU. Rough estimates say that from 30-40% of people do not support Euromaidan at all.

But that’s not the point. The point is that there is simply no way to draw a clear picture of events from this chaos unless someone sits down, takes a long breath and calms down…

I understand that emotions are heated. But escalating the news about “Revolution ongoing” is not helping anyone since most of the protests are peaceful, even today.

Trying to convince the world that there is any black and white picture of the situation in Ukraine is not helping anyone as well.

Lastly, do Euromaidan protesters really want to clash with the government? Do they really want to heat up the situation and risk clashing not with Berkut but with the army?

“So how about sit and talk?”

Yanukovych is a very bad president for sure. But these are not societies but governments who sign agreements. I hope the EU sends the signal that there is a new deal offer for Ukraine. Gaining Ukrainian participation in the Western community, and probably love of their society, is worth it.

For now, It’s not the time for a coup or a revolution, barricades, etc., but talks. A roundtable if needed. For this, however, we need to cool down, on both sides.

I might be wrong. But I do sincerely doubt Yanukovych wants to be another Lukashenko. If there was no martial law by now, there won’t be in the near future.

So how about sit and talk?

Rallies are OK. I have co-organized a pro-Euromaidan demonstration in Warsaw. Yet right now, in my modest opinion, the ball is elsewhere. It’s in Brussels’ court.

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Works for the Open Dialog Foundation branch in Kyiv, Ukraine. Graduated with BA with honors from International Relations Department at the University of Humanities and Social Sciences in Warsaw.

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