It is a rare event at a press conference that a speaker is applauded, as the former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstaadt pointed out. The applause was for Ruslana Lyzhychko, winner of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
Ruslana was witness to the events of the previous weeks in Maidan Square in Kiev. She was meters away from exploding grenades. She said, in Ukraine many people cry because so many died and that they should not have died for nothing. They fought to get a new system, they wanted their money not to be stolen, they fought for European integration.