Interview with Peter J. Roccia

An Interview with Peter J. Roccia on his May 2014 Trip to Ukraine

In May 2014, Dr. Peter J. Roccia (Assistant Professor, Communications, at MacEwan University) traveled to Kyiv, Ukraine. In this video interview, Dr. Roccia talks about his experience at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy as a visiting Canadian academic. Read more

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

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

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

Three Fears Which Came True During Euromaidan

Image: Euromaidan poster. Illustration for Anna Lachykhina's "Three Fears Which Came True During Euromaidan."
Euromaidan poster. Source: euromaydan.in

Anna Lachykhina
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Faculty of Social Sciences and Social Technologies,
Master Program of Political Science (1st year)
from Simferopol, Crimea

Being born in an independent country, living in peace in the civilized world of 21st century, I have never thought of bombs, weapons, and battle causalities or even deaths as something more realistic than historical facts from textbooks. Euromaidan started as a peaceful demonstration and turned out into a hostile confrontation between the Ukrainian riot police and activists. At this point awful scenes from the history became the heartbreaking reality where my three militaristic fears came true. 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

When My People Go

Photo: Евромайдан / Euromaidan. Illustration for Tetyana Kalytenko's "When My People Go"
Евромайдан / Euromaidan. Source: torange.us

Tetyana Kalytenko
Faculty of Humanities,
Master Program (1st year),
from Kyiv

There is no arguing with the fact that during the struggle for democracy that Ukraine has recently been going through, EuroMaidan has become a unique phenomenon and a sacred place of spiritual rebirth for my nation, where one can experience the Ukrainian culture expressed so vividly in people’s holy love for freedom in spirit, word and deed!

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Euromaidan: What We Gained

A police barrier in the Maidan, February 19. Illustration for Olena Iagniuk's "Euromaidan: What We Gained."
A police barrier in the Maidan, February 19. Source: Businessweek. Photographer: Brendan Hoffman.

Olena Iagniuk
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Faculty of Economics
Master Program (1st year)
from Kharkiv city

A lot of people claim that the major achievement of Euromaidan is the downfall of the previous political regime. It is, undoubtedly, true; however, it would be unfair not to mention other important consequences of the recent events happening in Ukraine: the unification of citizens, world community recognition of Ukrainian nation’s democratic values, and a great lesson for future politicians. All of them are of significant importance and should be neither neglected nor forgotten.

First of all, with the help of Euromaidan, Ukrainians realized that they are all a part of the one whole. While fighting for freedom, democracy, and better future, the people showed an extreme sense of unity, support, and mutual help, which might not appear explicitly in peaceful times. There was no prejudice concerning age, nationality, origin, or place of living: brave people from Donetsk and Kharkiv were standing side by side with the citizens of Lviv and Ternopil at the barricades in Kyiv, without facing any kind of language or cultural barriers. Common values and clear vision of the reason that had lead them to Maidan Nezalezhnosti allowed people from all parts of the country to become one single powerful mechanism; the understanding of this fact, in turn, made people stronger, both physically and mentally, in their struggle. 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