The Fight for a Free Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko

2015 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 27, 2015

Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko speaks about Ukraine’s efforts to be a prosperous, stable nation and a part of Europe in the context of the current conflict. He describes the rise of democracy and freedom of speech the country enjoyed under his presidency and points out the difficulties of democracy in a post-Soviet state. Yushchenko describes the current war in Ukraine as a Russian issue, rather than a civil war, and is a clear outcome of Putin’s desire to expand his influence in the region. He stresses that we must have a comprehensive plan in place to work together in combating potential future chaos.