Governments don’t like public displays for displeasure by citizens. Such displays represent citizens’ grade against government for deficiencies and failings. From the outside, Americans don’t know that much about what is happening inside the Ukraine except the violent protests that are broadcast around the world.
Believe it or not, those broadcasts are a sign of progress.
What we know from CIA and other government reports is that many in the Ukraine are displeased with President Yanukovych. Now, that displeasure includes the US observation that his government is too harsh on protesters.
Peaceful protests are a part of democracy as we believe it to be.
According to a report by Fox News:
“The protests began in late November after Yanukovych turned away from a long-anticipated deal with the European Union in exchange for a $15 billion bailout from Russia. The political maneuvering continued, however, with both Moscow and the West eager to gain influence over this former Soviet republic.”
There lies the point. The EU and free-world aligned nations want more influence over the Russian Ukraine and their President resists financial influence.
Protests don't tell us much. It is what the leaders say about their demands and issues that answer the question.