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Revolution in Kiev, Ukraine

A photographer's first-hand account from the burning barricades in Kiev

In the last days I received multiple requests to translate my posts for foreign readers, as they have very limited information about the happenings in Ukraine. This material describes events which took place in Kiev on January 22nd and 23rd.

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I came to Kiev. I came to see for myself what is happening here. Of course, an hour after arriving at Maidan, you begin to understand that everything what you’ve read in dozens of articles, saw in TV news reports is total crap. In the upcoming reports I will try to, as objectively as possible, to sort out this new wave of Kiev revolution.

Usually reporters try to answer the question: “Who came out to Maidan and why.” Depending on the political leaning of MSM, the answers are different. Some say it’s “fascists who came out to lynch the Moscali (Ukranian derogatory for Moscovites and Russians in general).”, some say “they’re bums and slackers, who’ve got nothing better to do” and “instigators on the government payroll.” In reality, there is no answer. Those who came out are completely different. Remember, how a couple of years in Moscow there was a MSM buzzword “angry townspeople.” Here you see football fans, retirees, office plankton. And everyone is standing together. A sweet, ol’ grandmother is pouring Molotov cocktail in a nationalists’ bottles; and a manager of a large company is carrying ammunition to the student. And as it seems to me at this time, these people do not have a specific plan, nor idea of what to do next. Of course, individually, everyone has their own plan to “save Ukraine.” For some it’s “we need a couple of crates of AKs and grenades, we’ll sort things out here quickly.” Others “need to ask the world community for help and bring in the UN troops.” At this time there is no central idea of what to do, an idea that can unite and point in one direction the people at Maidan.

The only thing that is completely clear – people came out against Yanukovich.

The burning barricades are visited by people who have come to let out anger and resentment that have accumulated over the years – for the excesses of cops; for the corruption; for the ‘golden toilet'; for the stupidity of the sell-out officials. An elderly man, 80 years of age, walks up to young guys in masks and asks them for a bottle of flaming liquid. They ask him:

“- Grandad, you wont be able to throw it far enough!
– Just give me one, I want to show these beasts that they cannot treat me like this”

Unfortunately, the Ukranians had bad luck with opposition. The street mob is not controlled by anyone. Klichko and his company met with Yanukovch yesterday. Later they came out to the people, began to say something, but no one believes them. And no one wants to follow them. The main mass of people are completely non-political. They come out to kick Yanukovich and his company’s ass. Everyone has their own grievances and vision of the future.

There are very real battles on the streets of Kiev right now. Unfortunately, Yanukovich is far, so the Berkut (Ukranian SWAT) and soldiers have to play the role of Yanukovich’ ass. The scenery in Kiev is scary. Black smoke, burning barricades and constant explosions. Berkut’s flashbangs and the protestors’ fireworks explode in the streets. Each side is shooting at the other and there are already first casualties(2 to 5 based on different sources).

Let’s go to the barricades?

I rented a room in the hotel “Dnepr”, the very center on the European square. I come up to the main entrance, all doors are locked, lights are out. A group of men in helmets and protection, hanging nearby, greet me “Welcome to Kiev, Mister.” – they’ve confused me with a foreign tourist. Everyone’s laughing. It turns out that the entrance to the hotel is through a local bar. The security guy opens the door and leads me through dark hallways to the lobby. The lights are off, so as not to attract attention. After all, the hotel is almost at the front line.

22 January 2014. Battles on streets of Kiev.

1. European square. Back when it was all starting, there was a stage here, from which politicians pontificated their smart ideas about the future of Ukraine. Now the politicians have move on to Maidan, and the European square has become the rear base of the revolution. Cars with food arrive here; old tires for the bonfires, wood, medicine and reinforcements.

European square. Back when it was all starting, there was a stage here, from which politicians pontificated their smart ideas about the future of Ukraine. Now the politicians have move on to Maidan, and the European square has become the rear base of the revolution. Cars with food arrive here; old tires for the bonfires, wood, medicine and reinforcements.

2. Mihaila Grushevskogo street. The first barricade has been erected here. The guards do not allow in outsiders. Only the press, the volunteers, and the activists, ready to fight Berkut, are allowed to pass. All onlookers are stopped at the approach, to prevent them from interfering with work.

Mihaila Grushevskogo street. The first barricade has been erected here. The guards do not allow in outsiders. Only the press, the volunteers, and the activists, ready to fight Berkut, are allowed to pass. All onlookers are stopped at the approach, to prevent them from interfering with work.

3. This is main burning barricade near the Dinamo stadium, about 100 meters away from the first. It consists of hundreds of burning tires, which are brought here from all parts of the city. The demonstrators got lucky with the wind – it carries the black smoke directly at the squads of Berkut and national guard standing behind the fires. The smoke completely obscures the view and both sides are currently working blind.

This is main burning barricade near the Dinamo stadium, about 100 meters away from the first. It consists of hundreds of burning tires, which are brought here from all parts of the city. The demonstrators got lucky with the wind – it carries the black smoke directly at the squads of Berkut and national guard standing behind the fires. The smoke completely obscures the view and both sides are currently working blind.

4. A bunch of onlookers watch the fight. The battle continues for 4 days in a row.

A bunch of onlookers watch the fight. The battle continues for 4 days in a row.

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Activists run up, bearing shields and toss stones. Nobody sees the enemy, but everyone knows how far Berkut can toss grenades. No one approaches the determined line without a shield. The grenades that land are flashbangs and tear gas. This does not have much effect on the seasoned protestor. The key is to avoid a direct hit or a nearby explosion, which can cause concussion.

Activists run up, bearing shields and toss stones. Nobody sees the enemy, but everyone knows how far Berkut can toss grenades. No one approaches the determined line without a shield. The grenades that land are flashbangs and tear gas. This does not have much effect on the seasoned protestor. The key is to avoid a direct hit or a nearby explosion, which can cause concussion.

The fire is constantly fed by more tires. The smoke screen must be dense! At one point Berkut attempt to feel out the protestors from a hill using a powerful projector.

The fire is constantly fed by more tires. The smoke screen must be dense! At one point Berkut attempt to feel out the protestors from a hill using a powerful projector.

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There are special men on the field of battle, who watch the troop movements of the opponent. The man in the mask and shield will always tell you where it's safe: “Stop! There's a devil shooting from behind the column, don’t go father that line! We're about to smoke him out of there!”

There are special men on the field of battle, who watch the troop movements of the opponent. The man in the mask and shield will always tell you where it’s safe: “Stop! There’s a devil shooting from behind the column, don’t go father that line! We’re about to smoke him out of there!”

The scouts constantly refresh information about the enemy position and coordinate activists, who toss stones and Molotov cocktails.

The scouts constantly refresh information about the enemy position and coordinate activists, who toss stones and Molotov cocktails.

The authorities turned several water cannons at the demonstrators. Surprisingly no one is afraid of the water. This scout is climbing a balcony to see what's behind the smoke screen. The drenched people dry at the campfires. And some just walk around wet. There's an incredible atmosphere here: on one hand you can feel the weariness of the frustrated people, on the other hand euphoria and expectation of victory. In such light, no one is paying attention to wet clothes. Only medic volunteers ask people to go warm up to avoid frostbite.

The authorities turned several water cannons at the demonstrators. Surprisingly no one is afraid of the water. This scout is climbing a balcony to see what’s behind the smoke screen. The drenched people dry at the campfires. And some just walk around wet. There’s an incredible atmosphere here: on one hand you can feel the weariness of the frustrated people, on the other hand euphoria and expectation of victory. In such light, no one is paying attention to wet clothes. Only medic volunteers ask people to go warm up to avoid frostbite.

Activists with Molotov cocktails at the front line.

Activists with Molotov cocktails at the front line.

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Actually the center of Kiev is very pretty right now

Actually the center of Kiev is very pretty right now

Protestors periodically shoot fireworks at Berkut. The entire square lights up and people cheer.

Protestors periodically shoot fireworks at Berkut. The entire square lights up and people cheer.

Somewhere over the Berkut troops are getting ready for another assault. The assault is always sudden and everyone fears it. This morning Berkut has already shown that if the need be they can scatter everyone in 5 minutes. Why they do not -- is a different question.

Somewhere over the Berkut troops are getting ready for another assault. The assault is always sudden and everyone fears it. This morning Berkut has already shown that if the need be they can scatter everyone in 5 minutes. Why they do not — is a different question.

Catapult 1, seized and destroyed, is replaced by Catapult 2. In reality it's just a large slingshot, but to keep continuity the call it Catapult 2.

Catapult 1, seized and destroyed, is replaced by Catapult 2. In reality it’s just a large slingshot, but to keep continuity the call it Catapult 2.

 Miracle of the engineering thought! Catapult 2 quickly went through testing and was admitted into the armament of the rebels. The crew consists of six people: three people pull the elastic; two people hold the frame; one person loads and delivers ammunition.

Miracle of the engineering thought! Catapult 2 quickly went through testing and was admitted into the armament of the rebels. The crew consists of six people: three people pull the elastic; two people hold the frame; one person loads and delivers ammunition.

The wonder machine works well, but slow. The missiles fly far into the night, but reloading takes 2-3 minutes.

The wonder machine works well, but slow. The missiles fly far into the night, but reloading takes 2-3 minutes.

In a nearby alley people prepare Molotov cocktails. In reality, most of the bottles contain either pure kerosene or gasoline, the recipe is no longer followed -- no time. Empty glass bottles are in a big deficit.

In a nearby alley people prepare Molotov cocktails. In reality, most of the bottles contain either pure kerosene or gasoline, the recipe is no longer followed — no time. Empty glass bottles are in a big deficit.

I'm looking at the guys and everyone is drinking Pepsi. I'm wondering: why drink this crap, it's freezing outside? As it turns out, bottles ran out and someone brought several crates of soda. So as not to waste, everyone's drinking together. Even infant food jars are used. All glass containers fly at the cops. The filling of the containers at the front line is done by the activists of the 'right sector,' but in the rear the bottles are filled by regular grandmas and pretty young women. Those who the guards do not allow passage to the front.

I’m looking at the guys and everyone is drinking Pepsi. I’m wondering: why drink this crap, it’s freezing outside? As it turns out, bottles ran out and someone brought several crates of soda. So as not to waste, everyone’s drinking together. Even infant food jars are used. All glass containers fly at the cops. The filling of the containers at the front line is done by the activists of the ‘right sector,’ but in the rear the bottles are filled by regular grandmas and pretty young women. Those who the guards do not allow passage to the front.

There are problems with bottles here. The mixture inside is liquid, not thick like in the original Molotov recipe, and the fuse is a simple rag. During the throw part of the gasoline can spill out and light up the thrower. Of course the fire is quickly put out, but the effect is very low. Almost 50% of all cocktails spill out before hitting their target.

There are problems with bottles here. The mixture inside is liquid, not thick like in the original Molotov recipe, and the fuse is a simple rag. During the throw part of the gasoline can spill out and light up the thrower. Of course the fire is quickly put out, but the effect is very low. Almost 50% of all cocktails spill out before hitting their target.

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The onlookers on the hill help out in any way they can. Sometimes they use lasers to blind the Berkut fighters. At one point the police was able to climb the colonnade entrance of the stadium and began to rain Molotovs and gas grenades down on the protestors. The onlookers use lasers to hit a Berkut in the eye, or try to find snipers on the roofs. There are constant rumors of snipers, although no confirmation of their existence has been produced.

The onlookers on the hill help out in any way they can. Sometimes they use lasers to blind the Berkut fighters. At one point the police was able to climb the colonnade entrance of the stadium and began to rain Molotovs and gas grenades down on the protestors. The onlookers use lasers to hit a Berkut in the eye, or try to find snipers on the roofs. There are constant rumors of snipers, although no confirmation of their existence has been produced.

Volunteer giving out dry, waterproof boots at the front line.

Volunteer giving out dry, waterproof boots at the front line.

A young woman with a tea kettle approaches an activist on the front line to keep them hydrated. Some carry sandwiches, some dry clothing. Later I will describe in detail how things work here.

A young woman with a tea kettle approaches an activist on the front line to keep them hydrated. Some carry sandwiches, some dry clothing. Later I will describe in detail how things work here.

Campfire behind the barricades, where the wet and the frozen dry and warm up.

Campfire behind the barricades, where the wet and the frozen dry and warm up.

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On my way back I see a group of people, trying to open a manhole. I ask them why are they trying to open the manhole? “We want to turn off the water so that Berkut will stop hitting us with water.!” The manhole does not open, this is a government district and all manhole covers are sealed securely from inside. Later they tried to break the manhole cover with sledge. I tried to explain that this is pointless, but I was ignored. The were not able to break through and they're still getting hit with water.

On my way back I see a group of people, trying to open a manhole. I ask them why are they trying to open the manhole? “We want to turn off the water so that Berkut will stop hitting us with water.!” The manhole does not open, this is a government district and all manhole covers are sealed securely from inside. Later they tried to break the manhole cover with sledge. I tried to explain that this is pointless, but I was ignored. The were not able to break through and they’re still getting hit with water.

23 January 2014. Temporary cease-fire at Maidan

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I would like to dispel the most common myths about Maidan.

1. “They destroyed the whole city”

Not true. All of the action you see in the pictures are happening on a small square near the entrance to a Dinamo stadium. This is a government sector, there is no interference in peaceful life outside of this area. If you make an analogy with Moscow, imagine that the barricades are someone in the area of Ilinka or Varvarka, near the president’s administration. Sure, it’s the center, but regular Moscovites wouldn’t notice. There is dark smoke and fire on all pictures: those are mostly burning tires. There is not tangible damage to the buildings. Unfortunately one store burned down last night near the barricades, resulted from a poorly thrown molotov cocktail. Even the statue of Lobanovsky, located in the epicenter of fighting has been covered with cloth to prevent damage. Overall, the protesters are very careful regarding property. They’ve taken apart fences and benches, but no windows are broken, no one is vandalizing, and all looters are caught and beaten. So the picture is pretty apocalyptic, but things are not so bad.

2. “This is not a revolution, nothing horrible is happening”

Also not true. This is a real revolution. Decide for yourselves: it’s been two months since the center of Kiev has been in the hands of the opposition. Several government buildings are seized. The work of many government offices is paralyzed. The opposition has created barricades, which the authorities have not be able to take. Despite the freezing temps, tens of thousands of people are on the streets for the last two months. The system of defense and supply chain are established. There is perfect order at the protestor HQ, people are fed, dressed, people are pooling money to gather supplies. The most important thing: the people in power are unable to restore order. The police has failed several times at try to storm the barricades. I’ll make a separate post about this, but trust me, the only way to dismantle this is with heavy artillery, or drop in commandos. Every day the opposition is securing more territories. What is this if not a revolution?

3. “The entire Kiev is paralyzed, there is no peaceful life for the regular people.”

Kiev is living its own life. All stores and cafes are working, people are going to work, study in universities, get married, divorce and even die their own death. Most of the Kiev populace are not inconvenienced. Imagine if Navalny took over the Red Square and set up his camp there. What would change for you, Moscovites? Nothing. So the only people who are inconvenienced are tourists. A few stores and cafes had to close down in the very center. Also, those living in the center have troubles with logistics. But the entire Kiev is not paralyzed.

Now, when you know all the truth, let’s see how this day was.

From the morning everything remains in fire.

From the morning everything remains in fire.

The protestors use metal shields to defend themselves from water the police are pouring them with.

The protestors use metal shields to defend themselves from water the police are pouring them with.

Road signs can serve as good shields.

Road signs can serve as good shields.

The Maidan’s missile forces. Lots of pyrotechnics are being brought up to the camp, all these rockets fly towards Berkut’s positions.

The Maidan’s missile forces. Lots of pyrotechnics are being brought up to the camp, all these rockets fly towards Berkut’s positions.

Hearths always require more tires to be thrown into. Because of ash and ice, ground level already rose by one meter.

Hearths always require more tires to be thrown into. Because of ash and ice, ground level already rose by one meter.

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Where necessary, the police gets stoned.

Where necessary, the police gets stoned.

Everything is tightened with a smokescreen. Burning tires turned out to be a very efficient tactics. Police troops can’t see what is happening and are unable to attack, though there are disadvantages as neither the protesters can see the police’s positions.

Everything is tightened with a smokescreen. Burning tires turned out to be a very efficient tactics. Police troops can’t see what is happening and are unable to attack, though there are disadvantages as neither the protesters can see the police’s positions.

This night a children’s clothing store was burned.

This night a children’s clothing store was burned.

A catapult is always working on the front line.

A catapult is always working on the front line.

Not many people show up on the Maidan in the morning -- the majority arrives at night, after work.

Not many people show up on the Maidan in the morning — the majority arrives at night, after work.

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At midday Klichko came to the barricades and announced the temporary truce. Second round of negotiations with Yanukovich was due to take place today, and Klichko asked to cease-fire and extinguish tire blazes until 8 PM. The police promised not to open fire on protesters, to stop throwing grenades and pouring water. Everyone agreed -- Klichko happened to be the only opposition leader whom the crowd listens to. Well done! Just yesterday nobody was listening to him. After the truce came into effect, firemen started extinguishing the burning barricade.

At midday Klichko came to the barricades and announced the temporary truce. Second round of negotiations with Yanukovich was due to take place today, and Klichko asked to cease fire and extinguish tire blazes until 8 PM. The police promised not to open fire on protesters, to stop throwing grenades and pouring water. Everyone agreed — Klichko happened to be the only opposition leader whom the crowd listens to. Well done! Just yesterday nobody was listening to him. After the truce came into effect, firemen started extinguishing the burning barricade.

A wonderful view opened once the fire went out.

A wonderful view opened once the fire went out.

People immediately started advancing to the forefront which was previously engulfed by fire.

People immediately started advancing to the forefront which was previously engulfed by fire.

Berkut’s positions.

Berkut’s positions.

Berkut troops were standing angry and soaked in smoke. Throughout the truce I spotted no provocations from either side.

Berkut troops were standing angry and soaked in smoke. Throughout the truce I spotted no provocations from either side.

Protestors are making photos in front of Berkut, Berkut in front of the protestors -- war is war, but everyone needs to updates pics in social networks.

Protestors are making photos in front of Berkut, Berkut in front of the protestors — war is war, but everyone needs to updates pics in social networks.

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Scores of soldiers and Berkut are standing in small groups up to the horizon.

Scores of soldiers and Berkut are standing in small groups up to the horizon.

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Monument to Lobanovsky next to the stadium is neatly covered with cloth.

Monument to Lobanovsky next to the stadium is neatly covered with cloth.

People get warm next to campfire. Is revolution possible without a bicycle? I say no!

People get warm next to campfire. Is revolution possible without a bicycle? I say no!

People on the hill are prepared for an assault. Stones, incendiary bottles and tires tightened with barbwire will be thrown to the attackers in case of necessity.

People on the hill are prepared for an assault. Stones, incendiary bottles and tires tightened with barbwire will be thrown to the attackers in case of necessity.

“Katyusha rocket launchers” used for shooting fireworks to the police.

“Katyusha rocket launchers” used for shooting fireworks to the police.

Preparation of Molotov’s cocktails.

Preparation of Molotov’s cocktails.

Bottles and stones.

Bottles and stones.

Cocktails are being prepared by women.

Cocktails are being prepared by women.

You’ve probably heard about people banging metal with sticks. Many asked why -- this is sort of a signal. When nothing happens, nobody is taping. When casual stone and grenade-throwing takes place, the knock is monotonous, in order to set rhythm and keep the morale. When Berkut attacks, drumming becomes louder and everyone hears that -- for some it is a signal to run away, for some, on the opposite -- defend the barricades.

You’ve probably heard about people banging metal with sticks. Many asked why — this is sort of a signal. When nothing happens, nobody is taping. When casual stone and grenade-throwing takes place, the knock is monotonous, in order to set rhythm and keep the morale. When Berkut attacks, drumming becomes louder and everyone hears that — for some it is a signal to run away, for some, on the opposite — defend the barricades.

Man glues his store’s showcase, even though not a single his window was broken in four days. This store sells expensive furniture, and the ad urges not to rob it. As I said, there are no marauders in Kiev -- everything is perfectly organized, contrary to Bishkek, where, as I remember, the city was plundered in half a day. Nothing like that takes place here.

Man glues his store’s showcase, even though not a single his window was broken in four days. This store sells expensive furniture, and the ad urges not to rob it. As I said, there are no marauders in Kiev — everything is perfectly organized, contrary to Bishkek, where, as I remember, the city was plundered in half a day. Nothing like that takes place here.

People hammer the snow, then load it to sacks and bring to the barricades. Snow serves as the main building material here. Sacks are being poured by water and snow turns into ice -- monolithic barricades which come out are very difficult to destroy.

People hammer the snow, then load it to sacks and bring to the barricades. Snow serves as the main building material here. Sacks are being poured by water and snow turns into ice — monolithic barricades which come out are very difficult to destroy.

The Maidan’s quarries. People break the sett into easy to throw stones, load into sacks and bring to the frontline.

The Maidan’s quarries. People break the sett into easy to throw stones, load into sacks and bring to the frontline.

That’s how it looks.

That’s how it looks.

They carry.

They carry.

A stove.

A stove.

Modern art.

Modern art.

Someone started a rumor about the Armenian Diaspora willing to pay for any information about the murder of their compatriot on Maidan. Later it turned out to be fake.

Someone started a rumor about the Armenian Diaspora willing to pay for any information about the murder of their compatriot on Maidan. Later it turned out to be fake.

One of the protesters. Russian press usually describes the participants of Maidan as “extremists, radical thugs, ultras, members of nationalistic groups, motley nationalist, sometimes openly Nazist public, extremist militants, rioters, pogromists, rebels” etc...

One of the protesters. Russian press usually describes the participants of Maidan as “extremists, radical thugs, ultras, members of nationalistic groups, motley nationalist, sometimes openly Nazist public, extremist militants, rioters, pogromists, rebels” etc…

A journalist.

A journalist.

According to NTV (russian pro-government tv-channel), this is an "amuck radical."

According to NTV (russian pro-government tv-channel), this is an “amuck radical.”

Look at the people. I said it already, but will repeat: all social classes are present on the squares -- from students to pensioners.

Look at the people. I said it already, but will repeat: all social classes are present on the squares — from students to pensioners.

Grannies for Timoshenko.

Grannies for Timoshenko.

Another extremist.

Another extremist.

Women with food and tea always walk among the protesters – sometimes it looks like you’re on a banquet, not on a revolution. To find someone hungry is an uneasy job: the man on photo complaints that he put on three kilograms in a month :). Food is being brought every day, usually it is supplied by sympathizing Kievites and businessmen who can’t go to the barricades but support the revolution.

Women with food and tea always walk among the protesters – sometimes it looks like you’re on a banquet, not on a revolution. To find someone hungry is an uneasy job: the man on photo complaints that he put on three kilograms in a month :). Food is being brought every day, usually it is supplied by sympathizing Kievites and businessmen who can’t go to the barricades but support the revolution.

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About the author: Ilya Varlamov is a 30-year-old russian blogger, photographer and traveller. Graduated in architecture, he now covers the most important and relevant events in Russia and around the world on his blog where he offers an independent opinion to his readers of what is going on. Ilya is also a co-founder of fund “Urban projects” which studies urban geography and cities’`livability. You can see more of his photography on Flickr. This article originally appeared here.


 
  • Michael

    Really impressive photographs! Thank you for sharing them with us. They help to show what’s REALLY going on there.

  • Sergio De Bona

    I wish I could go there to and learn a thing or two about how things should be done in more than one country here in Europe. We had a similar scenario in Spain last month, when a neighbourhood in one of the cities started a protest against a corrupt mayor and a multimillion construction proyect from an equally corrupted business.

    Luckilly, the people received enough support and were able to stop the goverment but sadly noone in the power will pay for their trickeries. Still a winning though.

    Anyway, really great job. The world needs more independent informers and bloggers like you, now that journalism has gone as corrupted as political parties but be carefull; from what I’ve read, the last journalist that opposed Yanukovich ended up beaten.

  • Ron Ray

    Thank you for an unbiased and professional report on the truth of how things are going in Kiev. We (the world) are limited to YouTube videos and even that is biased by that person’s political views. (Politically motivated news agencies allow only a few limited sound and videos bytes.) You have provided a comprehensive journalistic report that allows the reader to observe the facts as you have personally witnessed them. Your images are outstanding! I’ve not seen better photography in any publication. I only wish the major news organizations here in America would pick up on your report and (with your permission) show what is really happening there.
    Ron Ray

  • http://www.kurtlanger.com/ Kurt Langer

    Awesome images!

  • Nadeem

    Its very sad how people are suffering due to politics.

  • Enis Fesci

    Unbiased? Then let me ask one thing… Yanukovych is kicked out, Vitaly is in lets say, and a year passes, and then hundreds of thousands of Anti- Vitaly protests take place by Yanukovych supporters. Then what? All of your disproved “myths” then will actually be myths in your opinion, and you will say they are “scums”, they are paid, they are losers, this is not a revolution, bla bla. Meaning your opinion will change according the the parties involved – this is not a biased argument but a completely biased one. In the opposite situaiton, people like you will have NO problem with police cracking down on, and even SHOOTING the protesters, as long as they are not on your side. As biased as any other article that I read. You just chose images that justify your points, by showing a disabled man and a woman with a soft toy taped to her helmet, so we say “oh look how lovable and innocent you are”. I could make an article with just as many images but justifying the opposite points, showing yes, openly neo-Nazi rioters, people beating police to unconsiousness , etc.

  • Mat Miller

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Carl Meyer

    Unbiased and professional?
    First he should explain what happened to the previous government and how they reached power; then explain why people is fed up with current government, specially those who democratically elected them; finally who are the opposition, what are their goals other than not being the current government and the he could have something to start with more or less objective.

    Media being biased bit that doesn’t absolves members of a political party for wearing t-shirts with slogans like ‘Beat the Yids!’, also disability or your gender are not related to being peaceful much less to political ideas.

  • Diana Patricia Acevedo Mira

    Great images from Kiev. Here in Colombia we wish rebels were this organized and clear in what they want. Sure is a refreshing view, if compared with the comments of the mass media. Thank u to let the world see the other side of coin of the events in Ukraine

  • ms

    Unfortunately there’s always been a split in Ukraine… willing to bet those with the strongest anti-Russian sentiments are more from western-Ukraine (which starts to resemble Poland more and more as you get closer to the border). Those were the loudest people when I lived in Kiev as a child, and they always had a reason to hate “Russians”, saying they were the true Ukrainians (and ignoring anyone who felt differently). Even the language became mixed and unrecognizable as you went further west (you could always identify a western Ukrainian by their speech). That said, if each side keeps trying to win, they’re just going to go back and forth and there will be unrest. There are a lot of people who do have close ties to Russia in Ukraine. That doesn’t mean they should accept undo political influence from Putin but to protest economic ties between neighbors is just stupid. Sad truth is there really isn’t that much of a difference between the Russian and Ukrainian people but as always people allow politics to cloud their judgement.

  • Bohemian

    Incredible!
    Your country can be proud of you because you are making history by being brave and defiant against lawlessness. For Yanukovych’s draconic laws, police brutality, kidnappings and killings by those who should be protecting people is nothing but a proof of lawlessness and act of treason against your own people.
    But when the battle is won you must remember what started your revolution and do your best to unite Ukraine and not divide which is what current president and the government had been doing all along shamelessly.

    Regards to Ukraine!

  • Murat

    As you can heard,we,Turkish people, had lived some horrible battle last year in Istanbul like that..let’s share this article for people who dont know..

  • rebel

    If you still work in ukraine please continue. Excellent!