The Orange Revolution

A peaceful revolution of ordinary citizens to claim Ukraine's future

"Ukraine" means borderlands, and like all borderlands its fate was to fall victim to invasion and oppression from surrounding countries. In their turn, the Lithuanians, Poles, Turks, Tatars and, for a long period, the Russians have each dominated the people of the Ukraine. Through the centuries, the Ukrainians have desired their sovereignty. Shortly after the Soviet coup on the 24th of August 1991, independence was declared after a nation-wide referendum.

For the first time in centuries, the destiny of the Ukraine was in the hands of its own people. But democracy remained elusive. State control, corruption, stalled economic reform and the last straw - a fraudulent election in the closing month of 2004 - called for the mass protest.

The authorities were forced to overturn a rigged presidential election and to allow a new internationally monitored vote that swept into power a reformer Viktor YUSHCHENKO. The new government gives hope that that the country may at last attain true freedom and prosperity.

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