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Almost three months ago, Ukrainian’s took to the streets following the decision of their government to freeze the signing of an Association and Trade Agreement with the EU. While the protests began as a result of this decision they rapidly became focused on democracy, freedoms, human rights, and corruption. The Ukrainian authorities responded to the peaceful protests with violence which led to several deaths and brought the country to the brink of civil war. Today a standoff remains between the protestors and the authorities. How it will end remains to be seen. The EU has a key role to play as Ukrainians are fighting under the EU flag. If the EU fails to react adequately it’s credibility both as a flag bearer of democratic values and as a foreign policy actor will be eroded.