National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Master Program of Chemistry (1st year)
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
From Kyiv region
Maidan as a social phenomenon is like the Wind of Changes; on the contrary, Antimaidan is just like the Wind of Shame for Ukraine.
First of all, Maidan was initiated by people`s will. Ukrainians could not bear anymore the political disorder, lies of the leaders of our country, and the corruptive schemes killing the future of Ukraine. In contrast to Maidan, Antimaidan was created by ruling political forces who had all the power in Ukraine. The people of Antimaidan were gathered for payment, and they had nothing in their minds except money.
Secondly, Maidan took place on the central square of Kyiv, the place which became the symbol of Ukrainian revolution. The number of participants on Maidan reached more than one million, and everyone came here by their own wills. That fact proves high patriotism of Maidan people. As for the number of Antimaidan`s pseudopatriots, they hardly reached a few thousand. Antimaidan took place in Mariinsky park, where the people were organized to be delivered by trains and busses.
Thirdly, Maidan people demonstrated their high dignity and honesty. They were fearless and did not capitulate even threatened with death when the pro-government forces started to beat and shoot the activists. Conversely, Antimaidan showed the whole world the shame of Ukraine: bullies, pseudo-patriots and cynics who prayed only for money and did not care for the future of their country.
In short, the events of November 2013 – February 2014 in Kyiv showed the world that there are two groups of people in Ukraine: those who are true patriots of their Motherland, care for a happy future of Ukrainian people, and who are open to changes and those who can sell their dignity for a small amount of money and, in fact, are ready to betray the nation’s future.
This essay is part of a series of student writing on the Euromaidan, part of the the Student Views of Euromaidan project.
For more information on this series and a full index of contributions, please see the introductory post.