Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has blamed Ukraine and the West for the conflict with Moscow in a statement marking the 10th anniversary of the pro-European protests in Kyiv’s Independence Square. In her statement, Zakharova used derogatory terms to question what brought Ukraine’s dream of Europe to fruition. She claimed that Ukraine had become a poor, dying region and lost its independence as a result of the events of November 2013 and those that followed.
Zakharova also stated that Western colonizers determine Ukraine’s domestic and foreign policy. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been waging war against Ukraine for almost 21 months in an attempt to bring parts of the country back under Moscow’s control. The so-called Euromaidan protests, which later took place in Ukraine and were called the Revolution of Dignity, began on November 21 when protesters gathered on Maidan (Independence Square) in Kyiv. They demonstrated against Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to annul an agreement on Ukraine’s accession to the EU, leading to more than 100 deaths in clashes with security forces. On Tuesday, Kyiv will mark this event with the arrival of international dignitaries.