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Google+ Hangout: 'Euromaidan' And What's Ahead For Ukraine

The "Euromaidan" protest movement in Ukraine appears to have gained momentum after government-backed riot police failed to clear Kyiv's Independence Square before sunrise on December 11.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has offered to negotiate an exit from the country's current crisis, but opposition leaders say they will refuse any overtures until he accepts all of their demands.

But what comes next? Watch our Google+ Hangout with experts and journalists from Ukraine. (Scroll down for the list of participants.)


Maryana Drach is director of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service. An international affairs specialist who joined the service in 1996, Drach also hosts the daily radio program "Liberty Today," which summarizes and analyzes key developments in Ukraine and on the international scene.

Natalia Churikova has been a journalist with RFE/RL since 1995. In 2005, she launched "European Liberty" (later "Europe Connect"), in which an online audience puts questions to residents of western Europe.

Natalya Sedletska has worked as a TV journalist based in Kyiv and is known for her investigative reporting into the public-procurement process in Ukraine. She is currently completing a Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship with RFE/RL.

Yevhen Hlibovytsky is founder of pro.mova, a communications consultancy dedicated to values research and focused on modernization issues in the former Soviet Union. A former journalist who in 2002 helped found the TV station "5 kanal," Hlibovytsky lectures at Kyiv-Mohyla Business School and Lviv Business School of Ukrainian Catholic University.

Brian Whitmore (moderator) is the Europe Desk Editor for RFE/RL's Central Newsroom and author of "The Power Vertical" blog.

We invite you to post questions in advance and follow updates for live links to the Google+ Hangout on Twitter and Facebook.

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