Ukraine has made huge strides since last year's Orange Revolution, but much remains to be done, the European Commission said Tuesday, AFP informed.

The executive arm of the European Union, which Ukraine wants one day to join, hailed the first anniversary of the uprising and reiterated that the EU will continue to support Kiev.

"The new political reality in Ukraine was hard won through the courage and determination of the people," said EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner.

"One year on, Ukraine can point to important progress, but there is still much work to do. The EU will be there to support Ukraine's reform efforts every step of the way."

Orange-clad crowds rallied in Kiev on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of Ukraine's "orange revolution," the mass protests that ousted a pro-Russian regime and installed pro-Western President Viktor Yushchenko.

Yushchenko said after taking power last year that joining the EU was a key foreign policy priority.

"Those who took to the streets in peaceful demonstrations, were demanding democracy, better government, and a chance for greater prosperity. The European Union is helping Ukraine to achieve these goals," said Ferrero-Waldner.

"We all have a duty to ensure that their aspirations for a better future are not disappointed," she added.


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