The second President of Ukraine (1994-2005) Leonid Kuchma named two important points that he underestimated during his tenure as head of state.
"If we take not specific deeds and decisions, but a more general, strategic plan, then there were two important things that I underestimated. The first is the stuffing of our political elite with the remnants of Moscow agents - both direct 'KGB members' and agents of influence ... The second is the potential Ukrainian civil society. It has been ahead of the government for a long time, proving this in the most acute moments of modern history, but for the first time I felt this maturity and this energy during the days of the Maidan," Kuchma said in an interview with the Ukrayinska Pravda ezine.