Two weeks ago, my cousin and I went to Maidan to meet with my mom.
Right now, my cousin lives in Germany, the country with a rich history of wars with Ukraine (back then, Soviet Union). So it seems almost unbelievable that right now Germany’s Angela Merkel is talking to Putin, asking Russia not to attack Ukraine.
Germany. Asking Russia. Not to attack Ukraine.
The world has gone mad. But then, at the same time, perhaps right now everything is finally being revealed, all lies washed away by the blood of those who died at Maidan and elsewhere.
Welcome to post-battle Kyiv. This is what this building looked like before. For me, it was the most standard place to check what time it is or… I don’t know. Not that I think this was the most beautiful building in whole Kyiv’s downtown, but this was one of the buildings that were there all my life. It’s sad to see it destroyed like that… especially after it was EuroMaidan’s HQ where people could go for food, medicine, and rest.
There are millions of flowers on all kinds of surfaces. People have been bringing them ever since the bloody battles that took place in the end of February, in memory for those who did not live to see the new day.
There’s a military term with Slavic origin: “Sotnya.” It means a hundred, a hundred warriors. Officially there are over 100 deaths by now, caused by the confrontations between the Maidan and ex-government. That’s only officially – since many people are simply not yet found (either dead or alive) and numerous are supposedly imprisoned, but no one knows their fate either.
The sign on this picture says, “Don’t betray the Heavenly Sotnya.” Those who died are a part of the Heavenly Sotnya now and there is even a street renamed after them. “Heroes of the Heavenly Sotnya Street” is already on Google Maps.
This bridge is overlooking one of the barricades. The main banner in the middle quotes John 15:13. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Many have done that.
Even though the main action has moved to the South of Ukraine, Crimea peninsula, the tires still remain one of the main symbols of the revolution. They were burnt at the barricades during the attacks in order to not let the snipers see the targets. The downtown will smell like smoke for a very long time. It became one of the trademarks among those who support Maidan: the yellow-and-blue ribbons and the penetrating smell of smoke.
Besides tires, there were also a few government cars put on fire so that soldiers would not be able to use them for transportation.
One of the lampposts at Instytutska Street (now “Heroes of Heavenly Sotnya” Street). This is one of the places where the battles took place. Despite the fact that government officials were saying their troops don’t have any guns, you can see the evidence of the exact opposite. Several dozen people were killed by snipers who shot the activists.
There are kids’ drawings all over the Maidan. Many say “Glory to Heroes!” and some depict Berkut (special ops) as the bad guys or the peaceful protesters. This makes me think of the WWII museum and letters kids wrote to their dads who were fighting during the war.
Tires. I have no idea how many thousands of tires were burnt altogether during the protests. I didn’t even know there were so many used tires in the city! However, people were bringing and bringing them from all over the city. Also, you can see the “Hedgehogs” – the anti-tank protection that were welded together from pieces of metal. It cannot stop the tanks or armored cars from shooting, but it can prevent them from going further. These “hedgehogs” were widely used back in the WWII also to protect from the Nazi tanks invading the territories. Now we’ve got to protect ourselves from the “Big Brother” Russia who used to be on our side.
As I have mentioned, right now the action moved to Crimea. Thankfully there are no brutal attacks for now, but it’s like a time-bomb. Putin (or Putler, his nickname lately, a combination of Putin and Hitler) keeps saying that he has no desire to overtake Ukraine, but his actions are exactly the opposite. There are armed Russian troops in Crimea who attack the Ukrainian journalists. There are also many lies about the true situation in Ukraine – that Russian-speaking people are abused by Ukrainians; that activists are trying to kill law-abiding citizens; that if we don’t join Russia, the Europe will bring gay movement here as well as a complete economic downfall. *Facepalm*
So, please continue praying.
If you need any more information about the situation in Ukraine, feel free to write your questions in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.