Ukraine completed months of upheaval to democratization and to westernization earlier today when it finally signed an association agreement with the European Union(EU). In Brussels, Belgium, Ukraine was joined by Moldova and Georgia in signing agreements with the EU and all three expressed the desire for full membership into the 500 million people EU.
Though Russia has threatened "grave consequences", greater security and economic comfort could now be enjoyed by theses three former soviet states whose people are seeking westernization away from Russian dominance and insecurity.
Ukraine's new President Petro Poroshenko admitted to EU leaders that: "Over the last months, Ukraine paid the highest possible price to make her European dreams come true." And against such a background, Poroshenko urged that Ukraine be granted full membership once it was ready, Reuters reported.
In spite of the threat of "grave consequences" from Russian deputy foreign minister Grigory Karasin, Ukraine has now fulfilled the aspirations of its people who amassed in hundreds of thousands at the Maidan since last November. The determination and the tenacity of the Ukraine people have survived thus far, and no idle threats from Russia are expected to change the tide of aspirations of those desiring democracy, freedom, equality and respect of the rule of law.