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Authors of the Gf K Ukraine poll conducted 2–15 October 2013 claim that 45% of respondents believed Ukraine should sign an Association Agreement with the EU, whereas only 14% favoured joining the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia, and 15% preferred non-alignment.Full text of the EU-related question asked by Gf K reads, "Should Ukraine sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, and, in the future, become an EU member?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.
On 24 November 2013, clashes between protesters and police began. Euro Maidan [had] grown into something far bigger than just an angry response to the fallen-through EU deal.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.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.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.