Three years after EuroMaidan Revolution, Ukrainians disappointed

Great hopes for a better future drove the wave of demonstrations that swept Ukraine starting in November 2013 – demonstrations that ultimately swept corrupt former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his regime from power.

Three years later, as Ukrainians reflect on the progress the country has made, those hopes remain largely unfulfilled, with scant progress having been made in ridding the country of corruption, drawing Ukraine closer to the European Union, and improving the standard of living.

Moreover, the initial success of the EuroMaidan Revolution has been clouded by Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and the Kremlin’s fomenting conflict in eastern Ukraine, sparking a long-running war that has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes to other parts of Ukraine.

In the latest survey conducted by a Kyiv-based Sofiya social research center, the majority of respondents, 80 percent, said that life in Ukraine has gotten worse since the EuroMaidan Revolution.

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