Two leading Liberal politicians from Lithuania have travelled to Kiev to address the thousands of people gathered in the city’s Independence or Maidan Square in protest at the Ukrainian government’s decision to step back from forging closer ties with the EU.
Gintaras Steponavičius, a member of Lithuanian Parliament and vice-chairman of ALDE member party Liberal Movement and Petras Auštrevičius, the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, plan to speak to the crowds of gathered protestors this evening, along with members of Ukraine‘s opposition.
They will also urge the Ukrainian government to respect their peoples‘ right to peaceful protest.
Thousands have defied official orders and are camped in the Square, angry at the government’s decision not to sign an association deal with Brussels, seeking instead closer ties with a Moscow-led Customs Union.
They will add their voices to calls from liberals across Europe that demonstrations will not once again brutally clamped down on and that the Ukrainian people can express their free will to seek further engagement with Europe rather than finding isolation from the free world.
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Both are available for interview live from the Square