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The first concessions by President Yanukovych confirm that the option of violence is now no longer being considered.
In its current form, however, the protest does not pose any real threat to President Yanukovych’s rule. The continuance of the Maidan protests may even be beneficial for the authorities.
The expectations of political and social change produced by the Maidan rallies among large parts of the Ukrainian public will not disappear.
The weakening of social mobilisation has been accompanied by a process of institutionalisation of the protest movement.