NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton voiced his public support Monday for the Ukrainian opposition, which has been demonstrating against the government of President Viktor Yanukovych since November 2013.
Clinton took to Twitter to publicly express his solidarity with the Euromaidan demonstrators, urging them to continue their peaceful protests as they seek a more democratic government.
Kudos to brave Ukrainians demanding real democracy. Urge dialogue & peaceful resolution to achieve a strong, united Ukraine. They can do it!— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) February 3, 2014
Euromaidan demonstrations began in November following President Yanukovych's announcement that Ukraine would not join the EU and have continued for months, despite the freezing temperatures and threat of violence. Protesters at Euromaidan rallies, led by the government opposition parties, have voiced their opposition to Ukraine's economic ties to Russia and have demanded constitutional reform, a more balanced government power structure, and the removal of the president.