UKRAINE: two years after Maidan
As a result of mass protests known as Euromaidan or Revolution of Dignity, corrupt and criminal President Yanukovych was removed from power. The country returned to the 2004 constitutional reform which prevents monopolization of power. The 2014-15 presidential, parliamentary and local elections were recognized by the international community as free and fair. Association agreement with the EU was signed and ratified. However, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and intervention in Donbas, the influence of oligarchs and corruption destabilizes economic and political situation and makes the path of reforms extremely contradictory. The vibrant civil society is making pressure to speed up reforms.