The president told Kommersant-Ukraina he supported the proposal since he wanted to recognize those who had fought for freedom.
"These events set the whole world in turmoil," Yushchenko said.
In late November 2004, protests by millions of Ukrainians against rigged presidential elections led to Yushchenko's victory in a run-off.
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The self-defense forces in Donbass likely do not have the capability to win. Kiev will simply outlast the republic’s fighters. Ukraine still has many mobilization resources. The most important thing for self-defense fighters is not to win the war but rather not to lose it.