"Criticism should not be turned into destruction or elimination of the foundation for the Ukrainian statehood. Criticizing the president, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Parliament and other institutions, it is necessary to maintain respect [for them] and to support these institutions," Poroshenko said in a speech, delivered on occasion of the third anniversary of Euromaidan.
The Ukrainian president stressed that controversies between the government and opposition are inherent in any democracy, but they must not result in a civil war, which may make the state vulnerable to external threats.
In 2013-2014, Kiev's central Independence Square, known as Maidan, witnessed months of the pro-European protests sparked by then President Viktor Yanukovych's announcement to reject the Ukraine–EU Association Agreement over unfavorable terms.
In February 2014, violent clashes with law enforcement officials broke out in the square, claiming the lives of some 100 civilians. The protests and the subsequent coup led to military confrontation between Kiev forces and militias in eastern Ukraine.