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: 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

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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Photoessay: The Role of Churches in Euromaidan

Artem Zhavrotsky has contributed a photoessay to Pravda showing the role of churches in Euromaidan. His photos highlight how churches have become important places for the distribution of food and medicine, where volunteers have gathered to help and those in need can receive medical care.

A few selections:

Hospital care from inside a church.
Hospital care from inside a church. Photo by Artem Zhavrotskoho
Volunteers distribute necessities.
Volunteers distribute necessities. Photo by Artem Zhavrotskoho.

Please view the whole collection here.

Thank you to Dmtryo Sherengovsky of UCU for contributing this link.

 

Артема Жавроцький
“Собори душ наших: церква під час революції. Фоторепортаж.” Українська правда. 25 Feb. 2014. Web. 3 Mar. 2014.