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

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

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

Love in the Time of War

Photo: A couple embrace on the Euromaidan. Illustration for Mariya Kharitonyuk's "Love in the Time of War."
A couple embrace on the Euromaidan. Source: 7days-ua.com

Mariya Kharitonyuk
Faculty of Humanities,
Master Program of Philology (1st year),
from Lutsk city, Volyn’ region

A title of this essay is the name of a song written by Boris Grebenshikov, leader of Russian rock band ‘Aquarium’. He has created this music composition specially for Ukraine and dedicated it to Maidan’s events. I want these words to commence my essay and become its main idea. It is really difficult to write my own opinion on this piece of paper, because here Maidan is merely the space for my thoughts, but those people have lived on Maidan. Or died there. Read more

Euromaidan: Impossible Is Possible

Protesters on Hrushevskoho Street, January 24. Illustration for Ann Hnedkova's "Euromaidan: Impossible is Possible."
Protesters on Hrushevskoho Street, January 24. Source: Wired.com. Photographer: Brendan Hoffman

Ann Hnedkova
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Faculty of Humanities
Master Program of Philology (1st year)
from Kyiv city

Throughout Euromaidan Revolution, one question was verbalized or thought of by its participants more often than any other: “How is that possible?” The same question constantly interrupts my conversations with international friends about the recent Ukrainian events. It seems that the question is not going to lose its relevance after the Euromaidan phenomenon. That is why its origin, evolution, and meaning are needed to explain.

November 21, 2013. The question of possibility becomes a mover of people. The Ukraine’s suspense of European Union trade preparation is announced. Kyiv reacts with peaceful protests with European Union flags, student strikes, and the improvised stage at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti square. Dancing, singing the Hymn of Ukraine, and not leaving the square until our voices are being heard. How is that possible that the government does not react? Maybe it is worth arranging more peaceful meetings, encouraging more people to join, and waiting? Read more

Great Revolution of Minds

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

Euromaidan was not only a revolution on the street as a sociopolitical phenomenon which caused changes in the Ukrainian government; it has become a great revolution in the minds of Ukrainian people. As a result, they have discarded a lot of prejudices, have become extremely consolidated in their actions, and have deeply realized their Ukrainian identity.

Firstly, there were a lot of people of different nationalities, languages and views of Maidan. The majority of them came to support in spite of fear at heart. Ukrainians showed kindness, sincerity, and open-mindedness. They welcomed everyone with open heart and they were seen as peaceful and intelligent people. Read more

Volunteer’s View of EuroMaidan

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Oleksandra Chubenko
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Faculty of Social Sciences and Social Technologies
Master Program (2nd year)
from Cherkassy

In 1963, a civil rights activist Martin Luther King delivered his famous speech for thousands of Afro-Americans asking them to stand up from their knees and become free at last. Now, in 2013, millions of Ukrainian citizens united to express their solidarity with the principles proclaimed in Luther’s speech.

Ukrainian struggle for freedom began in November 2013, when the peaceful demonstrations for Euro-integration unexpectedly resulted in violent wrestles between Maidan activists and military forces. The consequences were more than dramatic: almost 100 people perished, more than 300 went missing whereas tens of others are still in hospitals fighting for their lives. That was a turning point in the history of independent Ukraine, as millions of Ukrainian patriots went out into the streets to show their disobedience with the President’s decisions.

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The Wind of Changes vs The Wind of Shame

Yuriy Borodulin,
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.

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