Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko attended a rally in Kiev's Maidan square on Sunday, demonstrating against the ‘Steinmeier formula’ for the breakaway regions in the Donbass.
According to the police press office, about 10,000 people joined the rally and a total of 300 police officers and national guard troops were deployed to ensure public order.
The protest was called after the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Ukraine agreed on the text of the ‘Steinmeier formula’ on October 1, in accordance with which the law of special status of Donetsk and Lugansk will be implemented on a provisional basis on the day of local elections and on a permanent basis after the elections are held and a report of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), confirming a democratic vote, is published.
Following the agreement, Ukrainian activists created what they dubbed as ‘The Movement of Resistance to Surrender’, urging people to hit the streets of Kiev and other cities against such a settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
In a TV address on Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that there would be no “capitulation, no surrender of national interests, no agreements or big steps without the consent of the people of Ukraine.”