Kyiv Security Forum

If Europe had used sanctions timely we could have avoided bloodshed, Oleksii Haran says

11 April 2014, 16:27

Oleksii Haran, professor at the Kyiv Mohyla Academy, believes that timely use of sanctions by the Western countries against Ukraine’s ex-leaders could have prevented any bloodshed on the Maidan, as he stated during the 7th Kyiv Security Forum.

The expert drew attention to the fact that the action in support of European integration in Kyiv had been solely peaceful from the very start. ‘Despite disappearance of activists, abduction and tortures, the Maidan protest had remained peaceful for two months’, Haran said.

He reminded that Ukrainians had been addressing the West during those two months requesting sanctions against the then leaders of the country. ‘And we were hearing words of support for two months but nothing was done to implement targeted sanctions’, the professor pointed out.

‘Sanctions were only introduced after over a hundred people had been killed in one day in the European capital’s center’, he reminded. Haran also suggested that if the West had started behaving more actively earlier, then ‘we would have managed to keep the Kyiv events bloodless’.


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