The same day IMF Resident Representative in Ukraine Jerome Vacher stated that this particular IMF loan is worth US billion and that it would be linked with "policy, which would remove disproportions and stimulate growth". Assistant Secretary of State] Victoria Nuland and [E. diplomat] Catherine Ashton in Kiev, during the night they started to storm the Maidan." More than 41% of protesters were ready to take part in the seizure of administrative buildings as of February, compared to 13 and 19 percent during polls on 10 and 20 December 2013.In an interview with Lally Weymouth, Ukrainian billionaire businessman and opposition leader Petro Poroshenko said: "From the beginning, I was one of the organizers of the Maidan. At the same time, more than 50 percent were ready to take part in the creation of independent military units, compared to 15 and 21 percent during the past studies, respectively.Yanukovych then fled to Ukraine's second largest city of Kharkiv, refusing to recognise the parliament's decisions.The parliament assigned early elections for May 2014.On 25 September 2013 Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) Volodymyr Rybak stated he was sure that his parliament would pass all the laws needed to fit the EU criteria for the Association Agreement since, except for the Communist Party of Ukraine, "The Verkhovna Rada has united around these bills." According to Pavlo Klimkin, one of the Ukrainian negotiators of the Association Agreement, initially "the Russians simply did not believe (the association agreement with the EU) could come true.They didn't believe in our ability to negotiate a good agreement and didn't believe in our commitment to implement a good agreement." to view the move as the start of a trade war against Ukraine to prevent Ukraine from signing a trade agreement with the European Union.My television channel — Channel 5 — played a tremendously important role. 49% of Ukrainians supported signing the Association Agreement, while 31% opposed it and the rest had not decided yet.
Maidan is a Ukrainian word for "square, open space", ultimately from Arabic however, the EU leaders later stated that the agreement would not be ratified unless Ukraine addressed concerns over a "stark deterioration of democracy and the rule of law", including the imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko in 20.
Dozens of communist monuments were also toppled or destroyed.
Protests and clashes increased in January, after the Ukrainian parliament passed a group of anti-protest laws.
Protesters gained control of the presidential administration and Yanukovych's private estate.
Afterwards, the parliament removed Yanukovych from office, replaced the government with a pro-European one, and ordered that former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko be released from prison.