The EU-fanatical Financial Times is just one of the media outlets that has been spinning a particular angle to the protests that have been taking place in the last week:
In Kiev’s central square and other Ukrainian cities, thousands of protesters gathered for a seventh day to call on Mr Yanukovich to sign the deal, and said more would arrive today and over the weekend if he did not. A protest last Sunday attracted more than 100,000 people – the biggest such gathering since the 2004 Orange Revolution.
A decision by students this week to go on strike has injected fresh energy into the protests. Some protesters said authorities were trying to prevent supporters from pro-European regions of western Ukraine – which played a big part in the 2004 uprising – from flocking to Kiev.
While the likes of the BBC have also openly called the protests ‘pro-EU’ they and the likes of the FT have chosen to ignore the real reason why so many people have taken to the streets. This isn’t, as the UK media would have us believe, a popular protest borne of a burning desire for closer relations with the EU, even though some committed EUphiles in UKraine no doubt have that at the heart of their actions.
Rather this is a proxy protest by supporters of the former Ukrainian prime minister, Yulia Timoshenko, whose release from prison and transfer to Germany for medical treatment was an EU pre-condition of the agreement with Ukraine being signed.
Ukraine walking away from the agreement with the EU and instead looking east to Russia, meant Timoshenko would stay in prison – and it is that which has brought supporters of her All-Ukrainian Union “Fatherland” party onto the streets.
A test of this would be seeing what happens if Ukraine’s President, Victor Yanukovich, has a change of heart and releases Timoshenko regardless of any agreement. Then we would see if 100,000+ people are still on the streets demanding that the deal with the EU is signed.
Somehow I doubt they would be. Not that our pro-EU media would deign to report that reality should it come to pass. They are mad keen to publish their pro-EU puff pieces, but will go to great lengths to avoid publishing anything that shows anything less than unqualified adoration for the Brussels bureaucracy.