EuroMaidan: Revolution of Selfless, Generous and Fearless Ordinary People

Photo: Barricade. Illustration for Olga Vynogradova's "EuroMaidan: Revolution of Selfless, Generous and Fearless Ordinary People"

Olga Vynogradova
Faculty of Social Sciences and Social Technologies,
Master Program of Sociology (1st year)
From Kyiv city

For the last several months, news about current events in Ukraine constantly get on the front pages of international newspapers. Some would claim that the reason for this only relates to the importance of those deep political changes. Nevertheless, have you ever wondered if there is something more, concerning Euromaidan, something special that makes the whole world talk about it? As I am Ukrainian, live in Kyiv and consider myself a patriot, from the first days of Euromaidan I followed the development of events and tried to be involved as much as I could. The participation gave me better understanding of everything currently happening on Maidan. What impressed me the most from the first days – Euromaidan, though aimed at political purposes, was never driven by any of the political parties or groups. The events were totally operated by ordinary Ukrainian citizens seeking positive changes in their country – selfless, honest, fearless and inspired. Read more

True Freedom Fighters

Photo: Pravvy Sektor/Right Sector. Illustration for Nataliia Vladimirova's "True Freedom Fighters"

Nataliia Vladimirova
Faculty of Natural Sciences,
Environmental Studies (Ecology),
Master Program (1st year)
From Kyiv city

Since 1991, Ukraine is now going through the most painful but simultaneously most hopeful times. In recent months, the blood of the most dignified of the Ukrainian nation was spilled; these people were often not even ethnical Ukrainians but were real Ukrainians in their brave hearts. Much to our sorrow, only after the death of these people, it managed to change the course of the Revolution towards the victory of Ukrainians. The victims were ordinary people who in their protest against the existing corrupt and illegitimate government revolted and formed into the units of Narodna Samooborona [“People’s Self-Guard”] of Maidan. One of the divisions of Narodna Samooborona is 23 sotnia, which is the most revolutionary structure of Maidan – the Right Sector. For the whole period of Revolution, the Right Sector has been subjected to much criticism for its “too radical” actions from all sides: government, opposition, international community, and even from Ukrainian people. However, the Right Sector is the only power that managed to lead Ukrainian people to the victory in this bloody struggle for freedom! Read more

Information war on Euromaidan in Russia

 

Photo: Jason Freeny's "Think Tank." Illustration for Olexandra Tsekhanovska's "Information War on Euromaidan in Russia."

Olexandra Tsekhanovska,
Faculty of Social Sciences and Social Technologies,
Master Program of Political Science (1st year)
From Kyiv city 

During the three tense, controversial, desperate and hopeful months of Euromaidan Ukrainian citizens were introduced to a vast amount of changes. Transformations took place on the surface of social life and in its depth, from the topics of daily “expert” political discussions in the kitchens – a part of our Soviet heritage that cannot be removed as easily as a Lenin statue – to the perception of both state power and civic duty, which become more critical, intent and demanding. As the core changes in the social life, these events deserve a title of revolution, albeit its success or failure is yet to be seen. And among its achievements is a miraculous transmutation of a 46-million state into ‘a camp of fascists that is waiting to set out on Moscow’ – at least this is the idea of Kremlin propaganda that infects minds of some weakly immune Russian citizens and may turn your yesterday’s friends into tomorrow’s enemies. Read more

Euromaidan and Ukrainian History

Illustration for Yelyzaveta Taranukha's "Euromaidan and Ukrainian History."
Image source: TCH.ua

Yelyzaveta Taranukha
Faculty of Humanities
Master Program of Philology (1st year)
from Svatove town, Luhansk region

Each national history has lived through elevations and depressions during its self-development. Revolution as a form of national protest and as a kind of political transformation simultaneously tends to be both ups and downs. Although sudden changes ruin the way of living causing unpredictable events, Euromaidan has reconstituted Ukrainians into the nation. This page of Ukrainian history demonstrates our readiness to build the democracy and to rule the country, it indicates our becoming independent. Read more

Euromaidan and Youth’s New Way of Thinking

Photo: Ivano-Frankivsk students at Euromaidan. Illustration for Bogdana Poberezhna's "Euromaidan and Youth's New Way of Thinking"
Ivano-Frankivsk students at Euromaidan. Source: versii.if.ua

Bogdana Poberezhna
Faculty of Natural Sciences,
Environmental Studies (Ecology),
Master Program (1st year)
From Kyiv city

Euromaidan is, for sure, the most lively and discussed event of the past 20 years. Moreover, it will stay the most memorable for Independent Ukraine’s history. Maidan protest started as a student strike, but united people from all over the world. People from all regions of Ukraine took part in protest, part of them came to Independence Square; others – were supporting or observing it on TV. On the one hand, student strikes were numerous in the history of European countries and they were able to bring changes, and the same happened in Ukraine, which was a signal of changes in society. On the other hand, Euromaidan is the event which a new generation was waiting for to reveal its political priorities, attitude to authorities, and information exchange manner. Read more

Course on the Euromaidan

University of Alberta launches a special course on the Euromaidan

Photo: Panorama of the "March of Millions" in Kyiv. Illustration for announced course on the Euromaidan at the University of Alberta.
Aerial panorama of Kyiv’s “March of Millions.” Source: vidomosti-ua.com

In the Fall of 2014,  the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies of the University of Alberta will be launching a special course, devoted to recent events in Ukraine.

Titled “SLAV 299 A2 – Europe and the Ukrainian (Euromaidan) Revolution,”  this course can be found on BearTracks under Fall semester listings.

It will be taught on T & Th 2:00 – 3:20 pm by Professors
Oleh Ilnytzkyj and Natalia Pylypiuk, with guest speakers.

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Becoming a New Patriot

Photo: Students from Uzgorod take to the streets in support of Euromaidan. Illustration for Anna Pastyria's "Becoming a New Patriot."
Students from Uzgorod take to the streets in support of Euromaidan. Source: TSN.ua

Anna Pastyria
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Master Program in Biology (1st year)
From Nova Odesa, Mykolaiv region
For the last 5 years living in Kyiv.

 Despite studying in one of the most “Ukrainian” universities in the country, I have never been patriotic. In fact, after finishing school, the biggest advantage of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy for me was a well-developed department of international cooperation, as my childhood dream was to enter a master program abroad. Ukraine never seemed a perspective country to me. I had always wanted to become a biologist and wanted to work with modern methods and technologies, which is almost impossible in Ukraine nowadays. Maybe, the blame for this situation is on the people who ruled this country. The heroic past of Ukrainian nation always made me proud, but modern society and modern politicians were so disappointing that there was no hope left in my heart for a better future in Ukraine. However, recently everything changed. For the first time our country had a chance to become closer to developed European neighbors. And again, the authorities and president wanted to prevent this political and economical growth for their own benefit. But this time, my nation was not silent. Euromaidan made me proud of Ukraine, made me a real patriot. Read more

Volodymyr Kravchenko: “Experts on Ukraine: All Hands on Deck!”

Volodymyr Kravchenko: “Experts on Ukraine: All Hands on Deck!”

A response by Volodymyr Kravchenko to the article by Vladimir Golstein in Forbes “Why Everything You’ve Read About Ukraine Is Wrong” (5/19/2014)

Photo: Russian propaganda. Illustration for Volodymyr Kravchenko's "Experts on Ukraine: All Hands on Deck!"
Russian propaganda. Source: Al Jazeera

To put it plainly, it has been a long time since I read so shoddy a text signed by a representative of an academic corporation as the article by an American Slavist at Brown University, Vladimir Golstein, published in Forbes on May 19 of this year.

Forget everything you’ve read so far about Ukraine. A little-known specialist in nineteenth-century Russian literature, hitherto unremarked in Ukrainian studies, will tell you what is actually going on in present-day Ukraine. I shall venture to comment on some of the theses put forward in the article, which has shocked many readers. Read more

Video of “Maidan: The Church in the Public Square”

Video of the Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cyril Hovorun’s Seminar, “Maidan: The Church in the Public Square”

This seminar is focused on the role of the Ukrainian churches in the Maidan, which had a strong religious dimension. As mass protests developed in Kyiv in late 2013, representatives of Ukraine’s many churches were there in the square among the people, providing those in need with material and spiritual assistance. The building of a new Ukraine also entails the active participation of these churches on the “construction site.” Read more

Truth About EuroMaidan

Photo: Barricade on the Maidan. Illustration for Denys Mekhed's "Truth About EuroMaidan."
Barricade on the Maidan. Source: oko-planet.su

Denys Mekhed
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Faculty of Computer Sciences
Master Program (1st year)
from Chernihiv city

 Not long time ago we  all witnessed a social phenomenon which occurred in the center of our capital. Social media have put a lot of labels on it, many of which are far from reality.

Contrary to popular beliefs, EuroMaidan is not a movement for integration of Ukraine into the EU. This statement can only be applied to the first 300 people who were beaten by the Berkut Special Forces on November, 30. Most of the people who came to Maidan protested against the permissiveness of the corrupt regime which was established by Viktor Yanukovych. For example, Pravy Sektor organization, which played a significant role in the success of Maidan, is strongly against integrating in any political unions. Read more