Funeral ceremony for UN Ambassador Vitaly ChurkinRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 10:35
Moscow appoints acting permanent representative to UN after Vitaly Churkin’s deathRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 8:25
Pentagon wants more senior-level talks with Russia on security of flights in Syria — mediaWorld February 24, 8:15
IAAF approves application of three Russians to compete as neutral athletesSport February 24, 1:43
US lawmakers present no evidence of Russia’s interference in US election - Russian MPRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 21:42
Russia to continue strengthen its Armed Forces - PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 21:37
4,000 Russian nationals fight among militants in Syria - PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 21:31
Opposition’s demand of Assad’s immediate resignation absurd - Russian envoy to GenevaRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 16:34
Moscow celebrates Defender of the Fatherland DaySociety & Culture February 23, 16:19
KIEV, April 09 /ITAR-TASS/. Maidan protesters “defended Ukraine’s European democratic future”, whereas protesters in the Ukrainian eastern and southern regions “throw the regions’ residents into the abyss of the past,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Yevgeny Perebeynos said Wednesday.
Perebeynos also said “Russia protracts the keeping of its promises to contribute to de-escalation of the situation” in Ukraine’s border regions.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman also said his country would like “to live in peace with Russia and maintain with its neighbors friendly, partner-like and equal relations”.
He said Ukraine will “never agree to return to the past, the era of stagnation”.
“European Ukraine is actually not a threat to Russia,” Perebeynos added.
Maidan is the name for downtown Kiev's Independence Square, which is the symbol of Ukrainian protests. The word “Maidan” is also used as a collective name for anti-government protests in Ukraine.
Months of anti-government protests, often violent, ended with a coup in Ukraine in February. The protests, dubbed “Euromaidan”, began when President Viktor Yanukovich decided in November 2013 to suspend the signing of an association agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.
Amid deadly riots that involved radicals, new people were brought to power in Kiev after Yanukovich had to leave Ukraine citing security concerns in February. Moscow does not recognize the new self-proclaimed Ukrainian authorities, who appear unable to restrain the activity of radicals and ultranationalists in the country.
Ukraine’s political crisis deepened when the Republic of Crimea, where most residents are Russians, reunified with Russia on March 18 after a referendum two days earlier in which an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.