UKRAINE, Kiev : People walk by barricades and makeshift memorials to the victims of the riots in central Kiev on February 23, 2014. A new era opened in Ukraine on Febraury 23 as parliament gave itself three days to form a new government after impeaching a defiant president Viktor Yanukovych and calling early elections following a week of carnage. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
Anti-government EuroMaidan demonstrations began in Ukraine on Nov. 21, triggered by President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to abandon closer ties with the European Union in favor of Russia, which in December offered him a $15 billion bailout and 33 percent discount on imported natural gas. The demonstrations turned deadly on Jan. 22, when at least three protesters were killed, including two from bullet wounds, during a police assault on the crowd. More than 300 suffered injuries. The tense standoff remains on Hrushevskoho Street near Dynamo Stadium. via klyvpost
#4 Women collect stones for pro-European integration protesters at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev, January 23, 2014.
#5 Pro-European integration protesters shoot using a big slingshot towards riot police in Kiev, January 23, 2014.
#6 Women kneel as they appeal to Ukrainian police troops at the site of clashes with anti-government protesters in Kiev, January 24, 2014. The front placard reads: “Mothers of Ukraine! Call you to join our peaceful action."
#9 Orthodox priests stand in front of police troops at the site of clashes with anti-government protesters in Kiev, January 23, 2014.
#10 Anti-government protesters gather on and around barricades at a road block in central Kiev on January 26, 2014.
Jan. 26, 2014. Mourners attend the funeral service at Sankt-Michael-Cathredal for Mikhail Zhiznevsky, 25, an anti-government protester who was killed in clashes with police in Kiev, Ukraine.
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UKRAINE, Kiev : A scarecrow like mock anti-government protestor is pictured on a barricade between protestors and government forces on February 21, 2014 in Kiev. Armed protesters stormed police barricades in Kiev on Thursday in renewed violence that killed at least 26 people and shattered an hours-old truce as EU envoys held crisis talks with Ukraine’s embattled president. Bodies of anti-government demonstrators lay amid smouldering debris after masked protesters hurling Molotov cocktails and stones forced police from Kiev’s iconic Independence Square – the epicentre of the ex-Soviet country’s three-month-old crisis. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
The following is unconfirmed. I don’t know if any of this is true or not, it supposedly was on the Ukrainian news. Iremain skeptical but hopeful that some or all of this is true:
Some Berkut units have refused to be transferred to Kiev and potentially even sided with the protesters. Parliament has supposedly been given the power to oust Yanukovich and are voting to end hostilities and press charges against the man who ordered shooting on civilians.
On the 25th of January, the protesters seized the state administration in 8 administrative regions of Ukraine.
In particular, the territory for this protest spread over Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Khmelnyts'ky, Rivne, Ternopil, Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv oblast’. Protesters also blocked the regional state administration in Transcarpathia and Volyn oblast’.
In Cherkasy the police took control over the administration again.
This new slogan in support of peaceful Kiev Maidan on my tour guitar in translation literally means: “Ukraine, not an outskirt but a centre.” But full meaning of it comes through only in Ukrainian: “Ukraine is not an outskirt as it is romoured to be, but a centre of new rising consciousness.” Yes, paradoxiacally, “Ukraine”, which is historically and geographically the origin of Russia (see Kievan Rus state), literally means “far corner, or an outskirt”. This confusion perhaps will get straightened out now as people of Ukraine r putting themselves in the avanguarde of positive political consciousness. Is there even a one person who has not been impressed with such a tremendous peaceful actions of Kiev Maidan people and their delicate organization!
UKRAINE, Kiev : Boots belonging to a protester are left on a makeshift memorial at the Independence square in central Kiev on February 28, 2014. Ukraine accused Russia of staging an “armed invasion” of Crimea on Friday as the ex-Soviet state’s ousted leader prepared to emerge defiant from five days of hiding after winning protection from Moscow. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
My heart is breaking for Ukraine. This morning, police raided the streets of the capital and dragged women and men by their hair out of the main square, beating many people with clubs and shooting tear gas into their air. Many were students, people my age, and all of them were peacefully expressing their freedom of speech in light of the stupidest move possible by the president of Ukraine. Many people were put into HOSPITALS and JAIL by their own government just because they were standing up for what they believe in. This is disgusting. I cannot believe this gross injustice. I am afraid for all of my friends in Ukraine. Pray for the people of Ukraine.
Hey guys, i dont normally post stuff like this but this pertains to my family and culture and not many people know about the seriousness of this.It started with President Yanukovych’s decision to back away from plans that would have established free trade and furthered political cooperation between Ukraine and the EU, an agreement that was seen as a possible precursor to EU membership. Yanukovych has instead moved toward an agreement with the Russian-directed Eurasian Customs Union (ECU), which includes Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan at present. All of the peaceful protesting has turned extremely violent! So many Ukrainians have died and so many have been very injured! On January 16, 2014 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with violation of the regulations adopted a number of laws. According to many experts, these changes will result in deterioration of democratic freedoms, and can be an attempt of legal establishment of dictatorship in Ukraine. So please please PLEASE reblog to show support so NO MORE LIVES CAN BE TAKEN
Сьогодні, 22 січня в День Соборностi України, Київ у вогні. Виктор Фёдорович Янукович відмовився підписати договір про ассоціацію з ЄС (26 листопада 2013), що призвело до зібрання демонстрації на Євромайдані, який контролює столицю. Досі мирна акція, перетворилася на криваве побоїще, після того, як уряд ухвалив протест незаконним (16 січня 2014). І тепер сотні поранених, а двоє померли від вогнепального поранення. Протестувальники хочуть дострокових виборів - Янукович хоче залишитися президентом. Деякі співають націоналістичні пісні, а інші проклинаю їх непокопу. Чи зможе Україна вціліти?
UKRAINE, Kiev : Protesters burn as they stand behind burning barricades during clashes with police on February 20, 2014 in Kiev. Ukraine’s embattled leader announced a “truce” with the opposition as he prepared to get grilled by visiting EU diplomats over clashes that killed 26 and left the government facing diplomatic isolation. The shocking scale of the violence three months into the crisis brought expressions of grave concern from the West and condemnation of an “attempted coup” by the Kremlin. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC