Ukrainians ‘should learn how to defend interests, not fear frequent changes of government’
The Maidan and the war are the next stages of Ukraine’s growth in freedom, and of course Ukraine is faced with growing pains in this process, Myroslav Marynovych, an authoritative human rights activist and vice-rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University said in an interview with Ukrainian political weekly magazine Novoe Vremya on Thursday.
"The Revolution of Dignity has given us national solidarity - people came to the Maidan every man for himself, and returned with a nation. But we still do not fully understand the freedom and do not know how to use it," Marynovych said, referring to last year’s mass public protests that toppled former President Viktor Yanukovych.
According to Marynovych, the Maidan represents Ukrainian freedom, but not democracy.
"Today, we must learn how to create persistent political groups to defend our interests. At the same time, we should not be afraid of frequent changes of government," he said.
"Having created a nation in one year, we have to modernize it. This means that we must get rid of the Soviet paternalistic model of management," Marynovych said.
"The current government has difficulties in this issue - they want to give everything to everyone. But it is impossible to do this in a country where there is a war and the economy is destroyed."
"We need to let go of people and honestly say that we can’t provide them with everything, but we will create the conditions so that they can help themselves," Marynovych said.