UKRAINE, Kiev : Protesters advance to new positions in Kiev on February 20, 2014. Top officials were evacuated on Thursday from Ukraine’s main government building close to clashes in the heart of Kiev that AFP reporters said left at least 17 protesters dead with apparent gun shot wounds. “This morning, all cabinet employees were evacuated from the building. These were official orders,” a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian government told AFP. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
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
UKRAINE, Kiev : Women hold pictures of protesters who were killed in clashes with police during recent demonstrations as they take part in a commemerative procession in central Kiev on February 26, 2014. Ukraine’s pro-Western interim leaders were set to unveil their new cabinet today after disbanding the feared riot police as they sought to build confidence in the splintered and economically ravaged ex-Soviet nation. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
UKRAINE, Kiev : Protesters stand behind burning barricades during a face-off against police on February 20, 2014 on Independence Square in Kiev. Hundreds of armed protesters charged police barricades Thursday on Kiev’s central Independence Square, despite a truce called just hours earlier by the country’s embattled president. Protesters pushed the police back about 200 metres and were in control of most of the square they had occupied at the start of Ukraine’s three-month-old political 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.
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 demonstrations in Ukraine took a deadly turn yesterday, with at least two protesters killed by gunshots. Government forces appear to be doubling down on recently-passed anti-protest legislation, increasing the level of response, even sending ominous area-wide text messages to protesters informing them that “you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.” The pro-European demonstrators also increased their attacks on riot police in Kiev, bringing in a homemade trebuchet, fireworks, and crates full of Molotov cocktails. Also, see earlier entry: Renewed Protest in Ukraine.
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
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!
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.
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
UKRAINE, Kiev : A woman cries as she stay on Kiev’s Independence Square on February 25, 2014. Ukraine issued an arrest warrant Monday for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych over the “mass murder” of protesters and appealed for $35 billion in Western aid to pull the crisis-hit country from the brink of economic collapse. The dramatic announcements by the ex-Soviet nation’s new Western-leaning team – approved by parliament over a chaotic weekend that saw the pro-Russian leader go into hiding – came as a top EU envoy arrived in Kiev to buttress its sudden tilt away from Moscow. AFP PHOTO/ BULENT KILIC
Protesters have been utilizing the fires this evening to rebuild their fortifications. Barricades like the ones in the bottom photo are now built around two flanks of the fighting line, creating what looks like a bottleneck in the center. The strategy seems to be purely defensive tonight, with only fireworks being fired into the air and petty attempts to induce clanking amongst the crowd. It was rumored today by the Polish news that Ukrainian armored columns were only 30 minutes away (hah), but yet they seem to be stuck in the time warp again.
Water trucks have been dispatched to put out the fires, again. Yet, they have no such luck getting to those next to the barricades without being molotoved by the rioters.
All in all, the lines have receeded even further around the euromaiden. Another clash between Berkut and the rioters looks imminent.