Freedom Wins in Ukraine! And Yulia is Free!
The aspirers of freedom have won the peace in Ukraine. Since last November, Western-minded Ukrainians have braved the elements, assaults by security forces, kidnappings, deaths and injuries to demonstrate their longings for freedom - for freedom to transform their country into a western society where the rule of law could be honored. From Lviv and the towns and the cities where Ukrainians craved freedom, they assembled and amassed on the Maidan in Kiev. They opposed President Yanukovych's attempts to aligned the former soviet republic closer to the former master. They yearned to be closer to the European Union. A couple of hours ago, and after days of deadly conflicts on the streets, Yanukovych finally saw the light that had beaconed across Ukraine for months. In peace talks with the opposition and hosted by the EU members; Poland, Germany and France, Yanukovych signed the peace that will : restore within 48 hours the 2004 constitution that limits the powers of the president; create constitutional reform balancing the powers of president, government and parliament that will take effect immediately and be completed by September; form a national unity government within 10 days; hold a presidential election no later than December 2014; launch an investigation into acts of violence that resulted in death; determine that no state of emergency would be imposed and that all weapons will be handed over to the interior ministry. The peace was approved and signed by Yanukovych and opposition leaders Vitali Klitschko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Oleh Tyahnibok. Also, in a new development, the Ukrainian Parliament voted immediately to free former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from jail.