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

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

Poroshenko’s Finlandisation and Non-Bloc Status vs Tymoshenko’s NATO

Photo: Petro Poroshenko. Illustration for Taras Kuzio's "Poroshenko’s Finlandisation and Non-Bloc Status vs Tymoshenko’s NATO."
Petro Poroshenko. Source: tsn.ua

Taras Kuzio 

Support for NATO membership is at an all-time high of 44% – the highest it has ever been was in the late 1990s (before the emergence of the anti-NATO and anti-American Party of Regions) when it was a third in favour. What polls also show is a decline of the number of Ukrainians who are against NATO membership from a very high figure under President Viktor Yanukovych to figures even lower than in the late 1990s when a third opposed. 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

History Reversed – History Re-lived

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Bohdan Nahaylo

During the half-a-year since the courageous students in the Maidan dared to declare “enough!” and to sound the clarion call to national revolution, we have witnessed: the heroic resistance to, and overthrow of, a corrupt, cynical, and in essence anti-Ukrainian regime; the immediate back-lash from the ancient regime’s backers in the Kremlin aimed at denying Ukraine’s right as a sovereign nation to self-determination, both internally in terms of its democratic choice, and externally as regards self-identification and alignment with the Euro-Atlantic community of states and their values; and, annexation via brutal force, subterfuge and a pseudo-referendum of Crimea, and the replication of these vile methods, with a similar anti-Ukrainian aim, in the Donbas.

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Documentary: “Women faces of Maidan”

“Women Faces of Maidan,” a Documentary Film from Olha Onyshko

Ukraine is well known for “beautiful women” and “mail-order brides.” Sense Film Production takes you on an insider look at Ukrainian women rarely seen, but an interesting aspect for the rest of the
world to view – sensitive and feminine, yet strong and determined. She is a thinker, a peace keeper, a care giver. She is the inspiration for a man to do the right thing and keep fighting for what is right.
Women of Maidan encompasses the past, present and future of women in Ukrainian society. Read more

The US and EU Must Take New Steps Quickly to Help Ukraine

Dr. Taras Kuzio

News organizations last week reported a new conclusion by US intelligence agencies that Russian forces massed on Ukraine’s eastern borders are increasingly likely to invade mainland Ukraine, only weeks after seizing Crimea. Russian President Vladimir Putin is determined to undermine the political legitimacy of a Ukrainian government that has shown itself insistent on aligning with the European Union rather than Russia. And that means derailing the May 25 election in which Ukraine will certainly choose a president who would pursue that European option. A successful election would unravel Putin’s argument that Viktor Yanukovych, who fled Ukraine last month into Russian exile, remains Ukraine’s legitimately elected president. Read more

UKRAINE – #MAIDAN – УКРАЇНА Exhibit at the University of Alberta

A Revolution for Dignity

  • How did EuroMaidan become Maidan and turn into a Revolution for Dignity?
  • How does it relate to Crimea?
  • What’s going on now?
  • Where can I learn more?

A photo-exhibit dedicated to the unfolding situation in Ukraine opened today in the Galleria between Rutherford North and Rutherford South Libraries. The exhibit has been prepared by students/staff of the Ukrainian Folklore program/Kule Folklore Centre in conjunction with Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. It will be on display March 19-20 and March 22-26 in the Rutherford Library, and March 21, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the North-East foyer of CAB. Nataliya Bezborodova, Kateryna Kod (Ukrainian Folklore) and Olha Ivanova, (Translation Studies) will be manning this display in CAB on Friday afternoon ready to answer questions of those interested in learning more about the Ukrainian Maidan.

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Dr. Olexiy Haran: Don’t believe Russian propaganda

Dr. Olexiy Haran cautions against believing Russian propaganda about ‘fascist’ Ukrainian protesters

Euromaidan supporters protest against the forthcoming referendum on the Crimea's accession to RussiaDr. Olexiy Haran is professor of comparative politics at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine.  He  says that the Euromaidan was a place of multi-ethnic national solidarity in the face of repression – Putin only seeks to justify his aggression.

From his article “Don’t believe the Russian propaganda about Ukraine’s ‘fascist’ protesters”:

The Kremlin uses many kinds of falsifications to justify its aggression against Ukraine and plans to annex Crimean peninsula. One of which is that the mass protests of Ukrainians against the corrupt and bloody regime of Viktor Yanukovych, called the Euromaidan, was a gathering of far-right extremists intent on imposing nationalist rule over all other ethnic groups in Ukraine.

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The West’s double standards towards Ukraine

Taras Kuzio, research associate at the Centre for Political and Regional Studies, Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta.

During the course of the four-month long Euromaidan, I have been interviewed nearly 100 times by radio, television and print media from across the globe. Those interviews have revealed three deeply ingrained myths about Ukraine.

These myths are an outgrowth of three factors: Russo-centric biases in the foreign media, which, as in Soviet times, still cover the entire former USSR from Moscow; Russia-focused academic studies on Eurasia, which I remember only too well from my university days in Britain; and the opinions of former Soviet, now Russian left-wing fellow travellers much loved by journalists.

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