Protests, unrest and violence have been growing in the country of Ukraine, which is located next to Russia. Hayden Panettiere, who is engaged to Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko, wants the suffering in the country to end.
Protests in Ukraine really got going in November, after President Viktor Yanukovych reneged on his vow to create a trade pact with the European Union. The Daily Beast explained, “The agreement would have established free trade and political cooperation and put Ukraine on the road to EU membership.” The Huffington Post weighs in by saying, “Protesters across the country are also upset over corruption in Ukraine, the lack of democratic rights and the country’s ailing economy, which just barely avoided bankruptcy with a $15 billion loan from Russia.”
Protesters want President Yanukovych to resign. Recently things really came to a head in the capital city of Kiev, where some protesters were tossing firebombs and government snipers killed at least 70 people in return.
In response to all this, Hayden, whose soon-to-be brother-in-law is opposition leader Vitali Klitschko, shared this video:
Let’s use our privilege of freedom to put an end to the suffering of the Ukrainian people and spread justice! http://t.co/pi9Hai2JSy
— hayden panettiere (@haydenpanettier) February 20, 2014
+ Watch “I Am a Ukrainian.“
In the video, a young Ukrainian woman says, “I want you to know why thousands of people all over my country are on the streets. There is only one reason: we want to be free from a dictatorship, we want to be free from the politicians who work only for themselves, who are ready to shoot, to beat, to injure people just for saving their money, just for saving their houses.”
She continues, “We want our courts not to be corrupted. We want to be free. I know that maybe tomorrow we will have no phone, no internet connection, and we will be alone here and maybe those men will murder us one after another.” She asks you to let your friends, family and politicians know what’s going on in Ukraine, and to support the rights of the citizens there.
Learn more about Maidaners, the group behind Hayden's Ukraine video.
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