Condemn President’s Abuse of Power

Street barricades on fire in Ukraine

Target: President Viktor Yanukovych

Goal: Condemn President Viktor Yanukovych’s abuse of power

For three months, protesters have made the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine their staging ground for reforms in their country. For a year, the Ukrainian president promised to sign a historical trade agreement with the European Union, creating closer political ties and economic growth. But in November 2013, the president decided to suspend talks and instead took offers from Russia, angering the Ukrainian people. A man who deceives his people and makes agreements behind their back is one that should be immediately condemned.

Among signing the European Union trade agreement, protesters want the Ukrainian constitution and the government structure to be changed. It is extremely frightening that one man – the President – has the power to accept or deny trade agreements. Such responsibility shouldn’t fall to one person. But threats from Russia made Yanukovych cave. If Ukraine didn’t accept the offers from Russia, the country would impose trade sanctions and steep gas bills. If Ukraine did join, they would be a part of the Customs Union and get deep discounts on natural gas. But the Ukrainian people didn’t want this dependency, and began protesting.

When the numbers of protesters began to swell, the president reacted angrily. He flew to Moscow and made another deal with President Vladimir Putin. Russia would buy the $15 billion in Ukrainian debt and slash gas prices for Kiev. This did nothing to stop the protests, and the president responded by making a sweeping anti-protest law.

It is obvious that the president holds too much power and is abusing it. President Viktor Yanukovych should be condemned for deceiving his people and making agreements that the majority of the nation didn’t want.


Dear President Viktor Yanukovych,

With your recent transgressions towards the Ukrainian people, I have to agree with the protesters who are taking to the streets and demanding for change. The Ukrainian people hoped that you would sign the European Union trade agreement to improve political relations with the rest of Europe and prompt economic growth. You did not do this. Instead you refused to sign this agreement and took Russia’s offer, angering many Ukrainian people.

I do not believe it is right for one person to have the power to accept or deny trade agreements. You have too much power and you’ve been abusing it, especially when you passed a sweeping anti-protest law. It is obvious that you would rather have the Ukrainians submit to whatever laws you make, instead of listening to their wants. Therefore, you should be immediately condemned for your actions and I hope reforms will come to curb your power.


[Your Name Here]

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