Ukraine redux - Photo essays about revolution in Kyiv/Kiev (updated with 1/27 series)

This is a follow-on post to my initial article from yesterday. This post is also extremely LONG, so please be prepared for that if reading on a smartphone or tablet. Scrolling through will be difficult.

Photographer and blogger Ilya Varlamov put together a remarkable series of photo essays of events on the ground in Kyiv, Ukraine from the last week or so (since January 22-23). They say a picture says a thousand words -- it certainly rings true in this particular case. There are reports from both sides of the barricades.

Special shout-out to Ukrainian-at-heart Turdite dgstage who called my attention to this extraordinary post. I hope to be able to read more from Ilya and his colleagues/brethren. If you speak Russian or are interested in this topic, you should definitely bookmark his site: http://zyalt.livejournal.com/where you can find his account of his ongoing trip to Kyiv.

Everything that follows below is from Ilya. For more about him, you can check out his portfolio website, or his flickr channel / photostream -- both contain lots more great photos from around the world.

UPDATE: Rather than add more miles to the length of this post, here is the link to the latest batch of photos from Ilya from inside the Maidan perimeter (with Google translated text), posted on Monday, January 27th.

Aside from having a president who is literally considered by many to be a Mafia don (with little of the class) even BEFORE he attained that office, this could literally be the capital of ANY Eastern European country. This newest post shows the day-to-day life inside the enclave.

Additional series from Kyiv via Ilya (with Google translated text):

January 24th, 2014

January 23rd, 2014 (detained protester stripped naked and photographed outside by police in subzero temps)

January 22nd, 2014 - Weapons of Maidan

NOTE: I just realized the distinction between the two Latin-alphabet spellings of the city's name -- Kiev (the version I grew up hearing and the one probably more familiar to English-speakers as well) is the phonetic equivalent of the Russian name (Russian: Киев, roughly key-yevh) while Kyiv reflects the Ukrainian name (Ukrainian: Київ [ˈkɪjiw] click here to listen). It's going to be difficult to unlearn the Russian variant I heard and saw on maps since childhood, but will make an effort to try.

Revolution in Kiev, Ukraine

by Ilya Varlamov

In the last days I received multiple requests to translate my posts for foreign readers, as they have very limited information about the happenings in Ukraine. This material describes events which took place in Kyev on January 22 and 23.
Sharing and distribution is appreciated.

22 January 2014. Battles on streets of Kiev.

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I came to Kiev. I came to see for myself what is happening here. Of course, an hour after arriving at Maidan, you begin to understand that everything what you've read in dozens of articles, saw in TV news reports is total crap. In the upcoming reports I will try to, as objectively as possible, to sort out this new wave of Kiev revolution.

Usually reporters try to answer the question: “Who came out to Maidan and why.” Depending on the political leaning of MSM, the answers are different. Some say it's “fascists who came out to lynch the Moscali (Ukranian derogatory for Moscovites and Russians in general).”, some say “they're bums and slackers, who've got nothing better to do” and “instigators on the government payroll.” In reality, there is no answer. Those who came out are completely different. Remember, how a couple of years in Moscow there was a MSM buzzword “angry townspeople.” Here you see football fans, retirees, office plankton. And everyone is standing together. A sweet, ol' grandmother is pouring Molotv cocktail in a nationalists' bottles; and a manager of a large company is carrying ammunition to the student. And as it seems to me at this time, these people do not have a specific plan, nor idea of what to do next. Of course, individually, everyone has their own plan to “save Ukraine.” For some its “we need a couple of crates of AKs and grenades, we'll sort things out here quickly.” Others “need to ask the world community for help and bring in the UN troops.” At this time there is no central idea of what to do, an idea that can unite and point in one direction the people at Maidan.

The only thing that is completely clear – people came out against Yanukovich.

The burning barricades are visited by people who have come to let out anger and resentment that have accumulated over the years – for the excesses of cops; for the corruption; for the 'golden toilet'; for the stupidity of the sell-out officials. An elderly man, 80 years of age, walks up to young guys in masks and asks them for a bottle of flaming liquid. They ask him:

“- Grandad, you wont be able to throw it far enough!
- Just give me one, I want to show these beasts that they cannot treat me like this”

Unfortunately, the Ukranians had bad luck with opposition. The street mob is not controlled by anyone. Klichko and his company met with Yanukovch yesterday. Later they came out to the people, began to say something, but no one believes them. And no one wants to follow them. The main mass of people are completely non-political. They come out to kick Yanukovich and his company's ass. Everyone has their own grievances and vision of the future.

There are very real battles on the streets of Kiev right now. Unfortunately, Yanukovich is far, so the Berkut (Ukranian SWAT) and soldiers have to play the role of Yanukovich' ass. The scenery in Kiev is scary. Black smoke, burning barricades and constant explosions. Berkut's flashbangs and the protestors' fireworks explode in the streets. Each side is shooting at the other and there are already first casualties(2 to 5 based on different sources).

Let's go to the barricades?

I rented a room in the hotel "Dnepr", the very center on the European square. I come up to the main entrance, all doors are locked, lights are out. A group of men in helmets and protection, hanging nearby, greet me “Welcome to Kiev, Mister.” - they've confused me with a foreign tourist. Everyone's laughing. It turns out that the entrance to the hotel is through a local bar. The security guy opens the door and leads me through dark hallways to the lobby. The lights are off, so as not to attract attention. After all, the hotel is almost at the front line.

1. European square. Back when it was all starting, there was a stage here, from which politicians pontificated their smart ideas about the future of Ukraine. Now the politicians have move on to Maidan, and the European square has become the rear base of the revolution. Cars with food arrive here; old tires for the bonfires, wood, medicine and reinforcements.
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2. Mihaila Grushevskogo street. The first barricade has been erected here. The guards do not allow in outsiders. Only the press, the volunteers, and the activists, ready to fight Berkut, are allowed to pass. All onlookers are stopped at the approach, to prevent them from interfering with work.
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3. This is main burning barricade near the Dinamo stadium, about 100 meters away from the first. It consists of hundreds of burning tires, which are brought here from all parts of the city. The demonstrators got lucky with the wind – it carries the black smoke directly at the squads of Berkut and national guard standing behind the fires. The smoke completely obscures the view and both sides are currently working blind.
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4. A bunch of onlookers watch the fight. The battle continues for 4 days in a row.
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6. Activists run up, bearing shields and toss stones. Nobody sees the enemy, but everyone knows how far Berkut can toss grenades. No one approaches the determined line without a shield. The grenades that land are flashbangs and tear gas. This does not have much effect on the seasoned protestor. The key is to avoid a direct hit or a nearby explosion, which can cause concussion.
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7. The fire is constantly fed by more tires. The smoke screen must be dense! At one point Berkut attempt to feel out the protestors from a hill using a powerful projector.
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9. There are special men on the field of battle, who watch the troop movements of the opponent. The man in the mask and shield will always tell you where it's safe: “Stop! There's a devil shooting from behind the column, don’t go father that line! We're about to smoke him out of there!”
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10. The scouts constantly refresh information about the enemy position and coordinate activists, who toss stones and Molotov cocktails.
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11. The authorities turned several water cannons at the demonstrators. Surprisingly no one is afraid of the water. This scout is climbing a balcony to see what's behind the smoke screen. The drenched people dry at the campfires. And some just walk around wet. There's an incredible atmosphere here: on one hand you can feel the weariness of the frustrated people, on the other hand euphoria and expectation of victory. In such light, no one is paying attention to wet clothes. Only medic volunteers ask people to go warm up to avoid frostbite.
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12. Activists with Molotov cocktails at the front line.
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14. Actually the center of Kiev is very pretty right now
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15. Protestors periodically shoot fireworks at Berkut. The entire square lights up and people cheer.
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16. Somewhere over the the Berkut troops are getting ready for another assault. The assault is always sudden and everyone fear its. This morning Berkut has already shown that if the need be they can scatter everyone in 5 minutes. Why they do not – is a different question.
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17. Catapult 1, seized and destroyed, is replaced by Catapult – 2. In reality it's just a large slingshot, but to keep continuity the call it Catapult – 2.
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18. Miracle of the engineering thought! Catapult -2 quickly went through testing and was admitted into the armament of the rebels. The crew consists of six people: three people pull the elastic; two people hold the frame; one person loads and delivers ammunition.
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19. The wonder machine works well, but slow. The missiles fly far into the night, but reloading takes 2-3 minutes.
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20. In a nearby alley people prepare Molotov cocktails. In reality, most of the bottles contain either pure kerosine or gasoline, the recipe is no longer followed – no time. Empty glass bottles are in a big deficit.
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21. I'm looking at the guys and everyone is drinking Pepsi. I'm wondering: why drink this crap, it's freezing outside? As it turns out, bottles ran out and someone brought several crates of soda. So as not to waste, everyone's drinking together. Even infant food jars are used. All glass containers fly at the cops. The filling of the containers at the front line is done by the activists of the 'right sector,' but in the rear the bottles are filled by regular grandmas and pretty young women. Those who the guards do not allow passage to the front.
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22. There are problems with bottles here. The mixture inside is liquid, not thick like in the original Molotov recipe, and the fuse is a simple rag. During the throw part of the gasoline can spill out and light up the thrower. Of course the fire is quickly put out, but the effect is very low. Almost 50% of all cocktails spill out before hitting their target.
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24. The onlookers on the hill help out in any way they can. Sometimes they use lasers to blind the Berkut fighters. At one point the police was able to climb the colonnade entrance of the stadium and began to rain Molotovs and gas grenades down on the protestors. The onlookers use lasers to hit a Berkut in the eye, or try to find snipers on the roofs. There are constant rumors of snipers, although no confirmation of their existence has been produced.
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25. Volunteer giving out dry, waterproof boots at the front line.
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26. A young woman with a tea kettle approaches an activist on the front line to keep them hydrated. Some carry sandwiches, some dry clothing. Later I will describe in detail how things work here.
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27. Campfire behind the barricades, where the wet and the frozen dry and warm up.
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29. On my way back I see a group of people, trying to open a manhole. I ask them why are they trying to open the manhole? “We want to turn off the water so that Berkut will stop hitting us with water.!” The manhole does not open, this is a government district and all manhole covers are sealed securely from inside. Later they tried to break the manhole cover with sledge. I tried to explain that this is pointless, but I was ignored. The were not able to break through and they're still getting hit with water.
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23 January 2014. Temporary cease fire at Maidan.

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I would like to dispel the most common myths about Maidan.

1."They destroyed the whole city"

Not true. All of the action you see in the pictures are happening on a small square near the entrance to a Dinamo stadium. This is a government sector, there is no intereference in peaceful life outside of this area. If you make an analogy with Moscow, imagine that the barricades are someone in the area of Ilinka or Varvarka, near the president's administration. Sure, it's the center, but regular Moscovites wouldn't notice. There is dark smoke and fire on all pictures: those are mostly burning tires. There is not tangible damage to the buildings. Unfortunately one store burned down last night near the barricades, resulted from a poorly thrown molotov cocktail. Even the statue of Lobanovsky, located in the epicenter of fighting has been covered with cloth to prevent damage. Overall, the protesters are very careful regarding property. They've take apart fences and benches, but no windows are broken, noone is vandalizing, and all looters are caught and beaten. So the picture is pretty apocalyptic, but things are not so bad.

2. "This is not a revolution, nothing horrible is happeneing"

Also not true. This is a real revolution. Decide for yourselves: it's been two months since the center of Kiev has been in the hands of the opposition. Several government buildings are seized. The work of many government offices is paralyzed. The opposition has created barricades, which the authorities have not be able to take. Despite the freezing temps, tens of thousands of people are on the streets for the last two months. The system of defense and supply chain are established. There is perfect order at the protestor HQ, people are fed, dressed, people are pooling money to gather supplies. The most important thing: the people in power are unable to restore order. The police has failed several times at try to storm the barricades. I'll make a separate post about this, but trust me, the only way to dismantle this is with heavy artillery, or drop in commandos. Every day the opposition is securing more territories. What is this if not a revolution?

3. "The entire Kiev is paralyzed, there is no peaceful life for the regular people."

Kiev is living its own life. All stores and cafes are working, people are going to work, study in universities, get married, divorce and even die their own death. Most of the Kiev populace are not inconvenienced. Imagine if Navalny took over the Red Square and set up his camp there. What would change for you, Moscovites? Nothing. So the only people who are inconvenienced are toruists. A few stores and cafes had to close down in the very center. Also, those living in the center have troubles with logistics. But the entire Kiev is not paralyzed.

Now, when you know all the truth, let’s see how this day was.

31. From the morning everything remains in fire.
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32. The protestors use metal shields to defend themselves from water the police are pouring them with.
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33. Road signs can serve as good shields.
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34. The Maidan’s missile forces. Lots of pyrotechnics are being brought up to the camp, all these rockets fly towards Berkut’s positions.
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35. Hearths always require more tires to be thrown into. Because of ash and ice, ground level already rose by one meter.
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37. Where necessary, the police gets stoned.
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38. Everything is tightened with a smokescreen. Burning tires turned out to be a very efficient tactics. Police troops can’t see what is happening and are unable to attack, though there are disadvantages as neither the protesters can see the police’s positions.
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39. This night was burned children’s clothing store.
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40. A catapult is always working on the front line.
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41. Not many people show up on the Maidan in the morning – the majority arrives at night, after work.
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43. At midday Klichko came to the barricades and announced the temporary truce. Second round of negotiations with Yanukovich was due to take place today, and Klichko asked to cease fire and extinguish tire blazes until 8 PM. The police promised not to open fire on protesters, to stop throwing grenades and pouring water. Everyone agreed – Klichko happened to be the only opposition leader whom the crowd listens to. Well done! Just yesterday nobody was listening to him. After the truce came into effect, firemen started extinguishing the burning barricade.
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44. A wonderful view opened once the fire went out.
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45. People immediately started advancing to the forefront which was previously engulfed by fire.
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46. Berkut’s positions.
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47. Berkut troops were standing angry and soaked in smoke. Throughout the truce I spotted no provocations from either side.
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48. Protestors are making photos in front of Berkut, Berkut in front of the protestors – war is war, but everyone needs to updates pics in social networks.
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50. Scores of soldiers and Berkut are standing in small groups up to the horizon.
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52. Monument to Lobanovsky next to the stadium is neatly covered with cloth.
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53. People get warm next to campfire. Is revolution possible without a bicycle? I say no!
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54. People on the hill are prepared for an assault. Stones, incendiary bottles and tires tightened with barbwire will be thrown to the attackers in case of necessity.
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55. “Katyusha rocket launchers” used for shooting fireworks to the police.
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56. Preparation of Molotov’s cocktails.
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57. Bottles and stones.
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58. Cocktails are being prepared by women.
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59. You’ve probably heard about people banging metal with sticks. Many asked why – this is sort of a signal. When nothing happens, nobody is taping. When casual stone- and grenade-throwing takes place, the knock is monotonous, in order to set rhythm and keep the morale. When Berkut attacks, drumming becomes louder and everyone hears that – for some it is a signal to run away, for some, on the opposite – defend the barricades.
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60. Man glues his store’s showcase, even though not a single his window was broken in four days. This store sells expensive furniture, and the ad urges not to rob it. As I said, there are no marauders in Kyiv – everything is perfectly organized, contrary to Bishkek, where, as I remember, the city was plundered in half a day. Nothing like that takes place here.
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61. People hammer the snow, then load it to sacks and bring to the barricades. Snow serves as the main building material here. Sacks are being poured by water and snow turns into ice – monolithic barricades which come out are very difficult to destroy.
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62. The Maidan’s quarries. People break the sett into easy to throw stones, load into sacks and bring to the frontline.
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63. That’s how it looks.
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64. They carry.
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65. A stove.
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66. Modern art.
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67. Someone started a rumor about the Armenian Diaspora willing to pay for any information about the murder of their compatriot on Maidan. Later it turned out to be fake.
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68. One of the protesters. Russian press usually describes the participants of Maidan as “extremists, radical thugs, ultras, members of nationalistic groups, motley nationalist, sometimes openly Nazist public, extremist militants, rioters, pogromists, rebels” etc…
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69. A journalist.
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70. According to NTV (russian pro-government tv-channel), this is an “amuck radical”.
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71. Look at the people. I said it already, but will repeat: all social classes are present on the squares – from students to pensioners.
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72. Grannies for Timoshenko.
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73. Another extremist.
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74. Women with food and tea always walk among the protesters – sometimes it looks like you’re on a banquet, not on a revolution. To find someone hungry is an uneasy job: the man on photo complaints that he put on three kilograms in a month :). Food is being brought every day, usually it is supplied by sympathizing Kyevites and businessmen who can’t go to the barricades but support the revolution.
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The other side of Maidan

by Ilya Varlamov

In the last days I received multiple requests to translate my posts for foreign readers, as they have very limited information about the happenings in Ukraine. Sharing and distribution is appreciated.

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Today’s blog post probably won’t be much appreciated by those who spent two months at Maidan. If right here and now the revolution means everything to you and you are living by it, it’s best to stop reading now. Today we’ll be covering the other side of the barricades. Because we’re not here to collect Likes, but to show an objective picture of the events.

When at Maidan, one is driven by the euphoria, similar to the one you get at a concert or a sports stadium during a match: even a stranger gets caught in the wave of cheering and supporting the common cause. Kiev’s Maidan is hosting thousands of people, truly and genuinely united by one common idea. This is really cool, and I sincerely envy Ukrainians who have managed to make this happen. But let’s try and leave Maidan to have a look at what’s going on the other side.

On the opposite side of the barricades there are people with faith in a different truth. Unfortunately, communication with Berkut troops [face masks and light blue camouflage uniform] is practically impossible. As soon as you try to come closer, you find yourself at a gun point immediately. Nevertheless, we hear comments from the commanders every now and again. The troops of National Guard [dark blue uniform] are more sociable. Yesterday while the truce was in force, I visited the other side and spoke to the militia, who has been guarding the government quarter for the past five days.

01. I woke up at 8. I went to bed at 4. Not getting enough sleep is the main problem of all journalists in Kiev today. Incidents are taking place 24/7, with the most interesting events often falling to night time. I haven’t met a single journalist who’s been sleeping well this past week.
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02. A weird event called ‘mothers of Maidan’ took place this morning. I don’t know who organized it and why, but it looked fake and simply bad.
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03. Religious ministers arranged for women with banners to rally in front of Berkut soldiers. They were allotted 30 minutes.
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04. I have no idea where these women came from. It’s quite possible that they came here with sincere intentions. The impression however was different: they looked like Yanukovich’s mercenary electorate.
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05. The women were singing the national anthem, chanting “You’re our children!” and frankly were trying to create a tragic atmosphere.
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At some point the fever pitch started dropping and that’s when one of the event managers whispered something to the women and they all kneeled in front of the soldiers. The reporters finally captured the moment of drama. Shortly the performers ran out of time and ‘the mothers of Maidan” were taken away in an orderly manner.
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I don’t know who and why organized this event, but clearly it brought negative fame to Maidan protesters.

During this imitation of deep mourn, I managed to make the best of the situation and spoke to the soldiers and fighters of Berkut.

06. Deeper into the defense line, Berkut fighters are not at all eager to communicate. People are really angry, tired, and very irritable. I spoke to two, both refused to be filmed or recorded. They are reluctant to communicate. There are several public speakers among the fighters. These well-grounded in politics and ideas executives are fed to the journalists of the national media. They say all the right things and give inspirational speeches. You can easily find their interviews online, I’m sure. I don’t find them interesting.
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07. National Guard soldiers and militia in general are bright and cheerful. To many of them this is an exciting adventure. I didn’t notice any particular hostility. The boys are finally out of the barracks and into the war! Of course they are frightened, but this fear is probably more like that of a boy climbing high up a tree: yes, he could fall, but curiosity prevails over the instinct of self-preservation.
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08. Infuriated people are staring at Berkut from the other side of the barricades. They are preparing to throw stones at them in the next battle.
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09. Berkut is a whole different story. They are the main fighting force here. They shoot at the crowd. They genuinely hate people on the other side of the barricades. Arkady Babchenko’s LiveJournal offers an interesting theory, suggesting that Berkut fighters could arbitrarily replace individual ammunition in their rifles to shoot to kill. At first I thought it was just another delusion, you know, like one of those conspiracy theories. But now I think it's quite possible. There is plenty of scumbag on both sides and it's scary.
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10. On the other side there, too, are plenty of volunteers to kill the enemy. Looking at the weapons of some protesters makes you wonder. Look, someone took a club and covered it with nails. Why? Who is he going to hit with it? Or why is another man standing with an axe in his hands? An axe kills. Or a pitchfork. Think about it, what will a protester do with a pitchfork when the attack begins? Pitchforks aren’t used to hit people on their heads. Is he going to pierce militiamen with it?
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11. "A couple of times stones were flung at me, they hit right in the head. You do not feel anything in a helmet. Generally we are far and they rarely reach us. But 3 days ago Molotov cocktails were thrown and we were very close. Several guys got burns. But we quickly get extinguished. It was scary then, many guys were crying. "
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12. Soot from burning tires covered everyone. It cannot be washed off with water, and you can feel the bitter smell of fire coming from anyone who spent some time on the barricades. In a café, you can immediately tell who is straight from Maidan by the way they smell.
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13. "I do not understand, why do they throw all this at us? We are simple soldiers. There are a lot of guys of the 2013 draft. They are 18-year olds, only six months ago, they went to the same movie theaters and cafes with those students who now want to kill them. And why? Is it because of the politicians? Here they tell us, ‘switch to the people’s side’. But where is that side? I have relatives in the Crimea and they fear that Russia will introduce visas if Maidan wins. I have a friend, he’s a taxi driver, and he hates all these demonstrators: there are traffic jams everywhere. Where is the side of the people? Who to choose? We gave oath to protect public buildings from being captured, and we’re keeping it. We are not politicians. "
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14. Among militia there are people in civilian outfits who coordinate their actions. Who are they? They choose who gives an interview and to which media.
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15. The truce is very fragile and the barricades are ready to launch an attack at any moment.
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16. The barricades are growing bigger and bigger every day and I don’t think it will be possible to dismantle them without heavy machinery. On the other hand, Maidan has no energy for an attack. They learned well how to defend themselves, but it’s not efficient to attack Berkut with stones and Molotov cocktails when the latter respond by shooting and throwing grenades.
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17. "Standing well! We are constantly swapped; we’re fed better than in the barracks. I read that Berkut employees are being paid and are practically handed real estate [by the government]. This is not so, at least no one here knows anything about it. Maybe commanders were promised something, but ordinary guys definitely don’t get anything. It’s my first day, my friend was wounded. A Molotov cocktail hit the head, he took off his helmet and his head caught fire. Got serious burns, lost eye sight. And he had a family, he is the only provider. He won’t be able to serve anymore. We all pitched in to help him.

Media presents them as heroes, fighters for ideas of some kind, but I see them as ordinary bandits. Over in another country they would have been quickly dispersed, but we are not allowed. There was no order. That’s the greatest disappointment. Anyone who threatens a police officer is a criminal.

Something is constantly thrown our way. It was scary at first, but then we got used to it. The only problem is the constant smoke. We tried to make a deal through the ministers, to get them to stop burning their rubber, but it doesn’t work…”
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18. “It’s been two months that I’m standing here. Who are they protecting? Fascists. Their words are noble, but have a look at what they are doing to people, how they undress them in the freezing cold, how they fire point-blank. And what for? Is it for people raising their heads out the sand? They cannot be forgiven. There is the concept of the officer's honor, I myself served, but these people have no honor! "
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19. “Where will they show me? I’d send mom--,“ having found out I was a photographer, not a video operator, the guy got really upset. “My entire family is watching and every time they ask when I’ll appear on TV. Commanders keep the journalists away from us for some reason. When those “Maidan-crazed” are on screens all the time!” I asked him what his name was. “Yeah right, I’ll tell ya, and next thing I’m dead!”
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20. The barricaders used to shout at militia to join the people. They stopped shouting that long ago. Clearly, militia will not be joining anyone. "Fascists! Motherfuckers!" is heard from the barricades. “Get a job, you slackers!” Berkut responds as one.
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21. “They call themselves the people, eh? Quite some people they are! Just look at them. They seized and destroyed the city center, equipment is being burned, people are being injured. In only a week almost 100 of us ended up in hospitals. I have a family, kids, and I’m standing here for them. I’m not interested in politics. Life for us, the common people, will not get any better if Maidan wins. We already had their Yuschenko, so what? They stole then, they steal now, and they will keep stealing. The oligarchs are playing their games there, while we’re dying here for them. I’m standing here for my children, and they [the elite] are all criminals there. If only we had an order, we would disperse them all in two hours.”
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22. The barricades.
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23. The cordon of the government quarter.
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24. “Go home!”
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25. No one chose to comment on the Berkut’s use of arms against the protesters. Apparently the commanders turn a blind eye to the violation, allowing the fighters to let their steam out this way. We must understand that there are hundreds of armed angry men, who have been under attack for a week now, and they are not given any chance to react. Seems like the commanders maintain loyalty by covertly allowing laws to be violated. Possibly it raises morale.
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27. Militia got powerful beamers. Seems like they will blind the enemy in case of an attack.
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28. Militia’s attitude to the reporters is bad. Majority of media channels support the Maidan, which in the eyes of militiamen provides a biased coverage of the events. That’s why in many cases journalist are being beaten and shot at. Again, all this is happening on the whiff of the unspoken permission of the Berkut commanders.
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31. There is another cordon on Bankovska street, where the presidents headquarters are located. Militia there turned out to be not talkative at all.
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32. The Maidan activists are packing snow into sacks. This is the main building block of Maidan.
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33. Sunset over Maidan.
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35. Last night rallies in memory of the killed were held. Today, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that a militiaman was stabbed to death.
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36. Evening at the barricades.
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37. The truce ended with nightfall. Again, bottles, stones, and grenades flew up and over to the other side.
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39. In general, both parties have build up a ton of claims and hatred. I cannot imagine how this situation will unravel.
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FleetFeet's picture

Great collection of photos!

Thanks.  Everybody needs to look at these!  

Mr. Fix's picture

Wow–that's a lot of pictures!

A harbinger of things to come here?

silver66's picture

Thank you

Courage is revealed when you are fearful. Looks like a lot of courageous people to me.

Thanks for posting the photos

Silver66

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Whoa Great Post

Thank you for keeping us informed. It could be a town near you WTSHTF.

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6 ft. post

That might've been the longest post ever...but it was a good one. Thanks for sharing that. 

Current news...

Ukraine protesters mourn killed demonstrator in Kyiv amid crisis

President Yanukovych called a 'murderer' as protester mourned
Jan 26, 2014 7:06 PM ET

Thousands of Ukrainians chanted "Hero!" and sang the national anthem on Sunday, as a coffin carrying a protester who was killed in last week's clashes with police was carried through the streets of the capital, underscoring the rising tensions in the country's two-month political crisis.

Mikhail Zhiznevsky, 25, was one of three protesters who died in clashes Wednesday.

"He could have been my fiancé, but he died defending my future so that I will live in a different Ukraine," said Nina Uvarov, a 25-year-old student from Kyiv who wept as Zhiznevsky's body was carried out of St. Michael's Cathedral.

The opposition contends that Zhiznevsky and another activist were shot by police in an area where demonstrators had been throwing rocks and firebombs at riot police for several days. The government claims the two demonstrators were killed with hunting rifles, which they say police do not carry. The authorities would not say how the third protester died.

Meanwhile, protests against President Viktor Yanukovych continued to engulf the country, now beginning to spread to central and eastern Ukraine, the leader's support base.

PMikhail Zhiznevsky, 25, was one of three protesters who died in clashes Wednesday. Mikhail Zhiznevsky, 25, was one of three protesters who died in clashes Wednesday. (Darko Vojinovic/Associated Press)

In Dnipropetrovsk, 390 kilometres southeast of Kyiv on the Dnipro River, several hundred demonstrators tried to storm a local administration building, but police drove them back with water sprayed from a fire truck in subfreezing temperatures, the Interfax news agency reported. In Zaporozhets, about 70 kilometres down river, demonstrators gathered outside the city administration building.

Government buildings seized

Meanwhile, in Kyiv, protesters seized the Justice Ministry building Sunday night, adding another government building to the several already occupied by the opposition. After bursting into the Justice Ministry, which is several hundred metres away from the main protest camp, protesters began erecting barricades. They also tore up a portrait of Yanukovych.

The protests began in late November after Yanukovych shelved a long-awaited agreement to deepen ties with the European Union, but they have been increasingly gripped by people seeking more radical action, even as moderate opposition leaders have pleaded for the violence to end.

Zhiznevsky's body was then carried several hundred meters to Independence Square in central Kyiv, where protesters have established a large tent camp and held demonstrations around the clock since early December. Crowds shouted "Yanukovych is a murderer!" and "Down with the criminal," a reference to Yanukovych's run-ins with the law during his youth. The coffin was then carried to the site of Zhiznevsky's death at barricades near the Ukrainian parliament.

Protesters attacked a government building, where police had been stationed, in central Kyiv overnight.(Sergei Grits/Associated Press)

A crowd late Saturday besieged a building, throwing fireworks, firebombs and rocks, near the protest tent camp where about 200 police were sheltering. By early Sunday morning, a corridor was created, allowing police to leave.

On Sunday, activists were cleaning up the devastated Ukrainian House building, sweeping broken glass and furniture, but also the trash left there by police.

The overnight outburst came soon after opposition leaders issued a defiant response to Yanukovych's offer to make Arseniy Yatsenyuk, one of their top figures, the country's prime minister. While not rejecting the offer outright, Yatsenyuk said more of the opposition's demands must be met, including Yanukovych's resignation. He vowed protests will continue.

Deeper EU ties favoured

About half of Ukraine's people favoured deeper integration with the EU, according to polls, and many Ukrainians widely resent Russia's long influence over the country.

In the past week, demonstrators have seized government administration buildings in a score of cities in western Ukraine, where Yanukovych's support is weak and desire for European ties is strong.

Protests have spread to the normally Yanokovich-supporting eastern regions. (The Associated Press)

Zhiznevsky was from Belarus, a neighbouring ex-Soviet country where hardline President Alexander Lukashenko has jailed and harassed his opponents. Vladimir Neklyaev, a Belarusian opposition leader, came to Kyiv to bid farewell to Zhiznevsky.

"Ukraine is showing Belarus an example of how one should fight for freedom," Neklyaev said. "I am sure that our countries have a common future in Europe, where neither Ukrainians nor Belarusians will die."

Despite an offer to release activists and stop more prosecutions, the government continued a crackdown, with over 40 detained in the central city of Cherkasy after a protest, according to prosecutors.

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Yesterdays post was Great

Now to read this one.

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Easier Said Than Done

Partition Ukraine to Prevent Civil War!

26, 2014 - 05:08 PM GMT

By: LewRockwell

Politics

silver_star.gifAs violence and mayhem surge in Ukraine’s capitol, Kiev, fear is growing that Europe, the United States and Russia may be on a collision course.

Ukraine’s latest crisis began last November after Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign an economic cooperation/integration pact with the European Union. Instead, near bankrupt Kiev accepted a Russian offer to supply heavily discounted natural gas and a pledge to buy billions worth of its shaky bonds.

Demonstrations erupted in Kiev and, later, Lvov. The Russian-backed Yanukovich government reacted with brutal police repression. Violence has mounted in recent days, with at least two demonstrators killed and scores injured on both sides. Moscow is making warnings.

This spreading crisis is of utmost geopolitical importance. It will determine the fate of 46 million Ukrainians, Russia’s future, and the stability of Eastern Europe.

Ukrainians are bitterly divided: western Ukraine, which mostly speaks Ukrainian, looks to the west and borders on Poland, a member of the EU. Predominantly Russian-speaking Eastern Ukraine looks east to neighboring Russia. The Crimea was Russian until Nikita Khrushchev gave it in 1954 on a whim (some say fuelled by vodka) to Ukraine. Crimea’s large Muslim population was destroyed or exiled by Stalin.

Ukrainian and Russian speakers understand one another’s tongue. The problem is more about economic and mentality than language, ethnicity or religion.

Western Ukraine championed the EU deal that would have begun integrating their nation with the rich EU and cast off the heavy hand of Russian political and economic influence. The example of booming EU member Poland inspired Ukraine’s western partisans. Ukraine’s ardent nationalists yearned to make a final break from Russia, which has never really accepted their nation’s 1991 independence from Moscow and has battled Ukrainian nationalists since the 1920’s.

The EU saw the trade pact with Ukraine as part of its grand strategy to keep pushing its borders east, a campaign that deeply alarms Russia.

But eastern Ukraine, notably its industrial Donetsk basin, feared that growing integration with the EU would wipe out their region’s antiquated manufacturing industry, mining, steel firms, commodity companies and chemical plants, causing high unemployment.

Ukraine’s inefficient, post-Soviet companies could not compete with the EU’s powerhouse integrated producers. The same phenomena was seen in former East Germany, where reunion with West Germany doomed most of the East’s rust-belt industries.

Eastern Ukrainians traditionally look to Russia as their cultural foundation. Most Russians regard Ukraine as their historic heartland, the cradle of Russian civilization and ethos.

When Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said that the fall of the Soviet Union was modern history’s greatest tragedy, he was clearly thinking of the loss of heartland Ukraine, Russia’s breadbasket and gateway to the West. For many Russians, sunny, easy-going southern Ukraine is their region’s version of Italy.

Outsiders have been pouring gasoline on Ukraine’s fires. European and American politicians beat a path to Kiev to denounce the Yanukovich government, which first took power in 2004-05 by fraudulent elections.

US Senator John McCain and high-ranking US officials have gone to Kiev and called for the ouster of its government. Interestingly, they did not go to Cairo to denounce the increasingly brutal fascist dictatorship of Egypt’s US and Saudi-financed military junta.

Western intelligence services have been stirring Ukraine’s pot, using covert funding and advanced social media techniques to rally opposition to the government. Russia’s intelligence services have also been active, but more discreetly. Opponents of the government have been poisoned, abducted, tortured and even murdered by pro-Yanukovich thugs.

As Ukraine boils, the US has been turning up the heat on Russia and leader Putin, who is being vilified and attacked by the tame western media. The Sochi winter games have also become a target.

How dare those Ruskis use money and gas to bribe Ukraine to stay in Moscow’s orbit? The West is supposed to have a monopoly on such strong-arm tactics.

If violence continues to rend Ukraine, the inevitable question of partition will arise. Just like Czechs and Slovaks, Ukrainians may decide to go separate ways. Unless the hot-headed Ukrainians can reach some stable compromise, divorce may be their only option. Bad, of course, but not as bad as a truly scary confrontation between NATO and Russia over Ukraine.

Unimaginable? Well, few thought about Sarajevo or Bosnia in 1914.

Lewrockwell.com

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Analysis:Ukraine

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Nearing a Critical Moment in Ukraine's Protests
Ukrainian policemen near Dynamo Stadium in Kiev on Jan. 24. (ROB STOTHARD/Getty Images)

Nearing a Critical Moment in Ukraine's Protests

 

Ukraine's Escalating Violence Creates Difficult Decisions for Its President

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban (R) speak during a meeting at Putin's residence outside Moscow, on January 14, 2014.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban (R) speak during a meeting at Putin's residence outside Moscow, on January 14, 2014. (YURI KOCHETKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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7 Tactics to Trick the World into Higher Consciousness

In a culture where “thinking outside the box” is a common cliché that gets tossed around by people who simply do not think outside the box, we sometimes need ways to jump-start our world views, to stimulate our weltanschauungs, and to kick open our third eye. Here are seven tactics that just might give us the momentum we need to launch us out of our comfort zones and into a higher state of awareness.

1.) Don’t be afraid of fear:

“Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.” -Rumi

http://consciouslifenews.com/7-tactics-trick-world-higher-consciousness/1170045/#

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Ukraine protestors seize Justice building

Report: Ukraine protesters seize Justice building

2hours ago

KIEV, Ukraine — Opposition protesters seized one of the Justice Ministry buildings in central Kiev, according to media reports.

Dozens of Ukrainian protesters took over the building Sunday night, smashing its windows, Agence France-Presse reported. Similar reports were posted by RT.com (Russia Today), and Kyivpost.com.

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Sergei Grits, AP

Protesters stand behind the barricade in front of riot police in central Kiev, Ukraine, on Jan. 25.

AFP said its correspondent reported protesters appeared to encounter no resistance. It said they used trash containers to erect barricades outside the building.

Earlier Sunday, the Ukrainian opposition flatly rejected an offer from the president to share power following months of protests that turned deadly last week.

"No deal @ua_yanukovych, we're finishing what we started," tweeted opposition leader Arseniy Yatseniuk.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with leaders of the three main parliamentary opposition groups for the second time Saturday, offering the prime minister's post to Yatseniuk, leader of Batkivshchyna, the largest opposition party.

Former heavyweight boxer-turned-politician Vitali Klitschko was offered a job of deputy prime minister for humanitarian affairs.

After initially mulling the offers, and telling protesters gathered at Independence Square, "We are ready to take this responsibility and to lead Ukraine to European Union," Yatseniuk turned the post down, saying the president had not agreed to some key demands of the opposition including the calling of immediate elections, which are currently scheduled for next year.

"Negotiations will continue," Klitschko said.

The protesters led by the opposition also want amnesty for protesters, a change in the constitution to give more powers to parliament over the president, the repeal of a tough anti-protest law adopted Jan. 16 and the signing of a free trade agreement with the European Union.

The protests initially began Kiev on Nov. 21 in reaction to Yanukovych's rejection of the EU deal.

On Jan. 19, they turned violent, after protesters attacked police blocking a street leading to parliament. Police confirmed two deaths in the violence, but protesters say five were killed after police fired live ammunition at the crowds.

Since then, the protesters have occupied more than 11 governors' offices around the country as well an exhibition center in downtown Kiev with some 200 police officers inside.

Opposition leader Oleh Tyahnybok said the pressure has led Yanukovych to finally make concessions.

"Yanukovych talked to us only because you are here," Yatseniuk told the protesters.

Analysts say that Yanukovych, a wily and tough operator who has run Ukraine since 2010, realizes his position has been weakened.

"This offer shows that Yanukovych is worried about the strength of his main resource – law enforcement," said political analyst Taras Berezovets of Berta Communications in Kiev. "It's not surrender but an attempt to play for time. He wants to split opposition leaders with this offer."

"But the opposition won't accept it – it would be silly to when the protesters already control half of the (outlying) regions and Yanukovych is as weak as ever," Berezovets added.

Protesters say they don't support such an offer and vowed to stay on the streets.

"It doesn't seem right to me – I joined the protest because I want Yanukovych to go, and so did most of the people here," said protester Tetyana Yakovenko, 41, in Kiev. "I'm not sure people will agree to go home just because the opposition gets government positions."

On Tuesday, lawmakers will hold a special session of parliament that is intended to discuss a change in ministers and possibly repeal of the new anti-protest laws.

"Tuesday is judgment day," Yatseniuk told protesters. "We don't believe what they say, we believe what they do."

usatoday.com

fraxinus's picture

Who the f... is Lew Rockwell to advocate partition?

All regions of Ukraine voted by referendum for a united nation. The demonstrations in Ukraine are aimed solely at a government that adopted a pro-Russian course without an electoral mandate, and the opposition is calling for nothing more than an election. I'd say that's democracy at work, but clearly that doesn't matter to some bobble-head commentators who should be "partitioned" themselves. (And no, Ukrainians do not speak Russian unless they learn it as a foreign language. The two languages even have different alphabets.)

cliff 567's picture

It is winter in Ukraine.

I have checked out the weather over Ukraine and I find it similar to my own.

I have to say it takes lots of motivation and intestinal fortitude to head into a city center knowing it is going below zero to add 1 more face to the crowd.

The numbers and the dedication impress me. 

The ability to orchestrate the shifts of competent men, and supply logistics makes me ponder who is handling that whole direction thingy.

Good luck to Ukrainian FREEDOM says cliff.

Silver Sooner's picture

Partioning Won't Work

Folks, there's a lot more to this than our simple Western idea of independence from the king. 

These photo essays are awesome, and fairly close to being an unbiased and a good representation of both sides. 

The thing to keep in mind is that Ukraine is a POOR country and corruption exists at EVERY level...ESPECIALLY the individual level.  Everyone steals.  Everyone.  Even sweet, old babushka.  All people in power are bad...this government, the last, and the next.  Your average Ukrainian is apolitical...they know it doesn't matter who is President because it won't change life for them.  The militiaman said it best when he said: "“I have a family, kids, and I’m standing here for them. I’m not interested in politics. Life for us, the common people, will not get any better if Maidan wins. We already had their Yuschenko, so what? They stole then, they steal now, and they will keep stealing. The oligarchs are playing their games there, while we’re dying here for them. I’m standing here for my children, and they [the elite] are all criminals there. If only we had an order, we would disperse them all in two hours.”"  This is the attitude of most of Ukraine.  They just want a peaceful life and it doesn't matter who is in charge--this goes back to before the Bolsheviks.  And my wife summarized life there very well when she said, "You don't live in Ukraine, you survive." 

Also, a split Ukraine won't work unless the Western part merged with Poland...it's mostly mountains and virtually all of the resources/industry are in the East.

Plenty of Ukrainians speak Russian as their first language and the alphabet is the same with the exception of 2 or 3 letters. 

Finally, Yanokovich was elected with the full knowledge he was less close to Europe than Tymoshenko.

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If they can, WHY not?

Two places in the photo essay speak about the ease of which the government COULD push out the demonstrators and the journalists asks the question, "why don't they?"  Indeed, if Yanokovich could crush this with a simple order, why are Berkut and militia being told to give up buildings like Ukraine House? 

Yanokovich is a criminal, but if he steps down, how will the alternative be different/better?  Tyomshenko?  Ok, if you like Corsine-type leaders.  Yanokovich falls, and the country goes into chaos.

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Clive Maund rundown on Gold and the charts

Gold Market Update

originally published January 26th, 2014



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Gold’s technical picture has improved since the last bullish update just over a month ago, but it has still not broken out the intermediate downtrend that started back last August, which we can see drawn on the 8-month chart shown below.

On Friday the gold price arrived at a short-term target at the upper boundary of the downtrend, which is a good point for it to turn down again, especially as its moving averages are still in bearish alignment, and world markets have started to tank, which was predicted on the 2nd January on the site in the article, more about which later. If it does turn down again shortly bulls will want to see continued basing action above its lows of last June and July, and December leading to an upside breakout from this downtrend.

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The longer-term picture for gold continues to look promising. On its 14-year log chart we can see that it is close to the lower boundary of the major uptrend in force from 2001. This is a supremely important uptrend as it has supported gold’s price throughout its bullmarket, even including the time when it plunged in 2008 at the time of the market crash, when it didn’t even reach it. While it is expected to stay within this uptrend it is clear that if it should fail the price would probably drop immediately to the strong support level in the $1000 area.

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The 20-year arithmetic chart for gold underlines the importance of its not breaking down below recent lows, as in addition to being at the supporting long-term trendline shown on its 14-year log chart, gold is at a supporting long-term parabolic trendline, whose origins lie at the 2001, and failure of both of these will mean that it is no longer in a bullmarket, even being as generous as possible.

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Gold’s latest COT continues to look strongly bullish, with Commercial short positions continuing to be near record lows, despite a slight increase in recent weeks as the price has recovered. This supports our contention that gold is bottoming here.

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Public opinion towards gold is still at a very low level consistent with the metal being at a cyclical low, and provides another indication that it is bottoming.

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Although Rydex Precious Metals assets have picked up in recent weeks as gold has recovered, they have been lifting off abysmally low readings. This is another sign that gold is bottoming, because the Rydex traders are notorious for being on the wrong side of the trade, so much so that they can be described as having turned it into an art form. Their minimal interest in the sector bodes very well indeed.

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We were rather bullish on the dollar index in the last update, partly due to its positive COT, and it did rally into early last week, but then it dropped hard on Thursday, and its COT picture has weakened to more neutral. Although the overall trend of the dollar remains neutral whilst it is in the range 78 – 85, Thursday’s sharp drop may presage failure of the important support level shown on the 6-month chart shown below. If this support did fail it would help to levitate the gold price.

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In the last update we were of the opinion that the HUI index might drop a little more before a final bottom is reached, to the strong support level shown on its 14-year chart below, and it still might, given that that it is still below its falling 200-day moving average. That didn’t stop us buying a range of quality juniors like Minco Gold and Richmont Mines, however, because they were so cheap late last month that they were irresistible, especially as the juniors as a group were showing signs of turning up.

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Sentiment towards gold stocks has improved significantly in recent weeks, but certainly not enough to give rise to concern for bulls, as the following chart makes plain.

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One interesting development in recent weeks has been the volume surge in juniors on the rally. They rose on record volume. This is viewed as very bullish, as a sign that the sector is indeed reversing to the upside. We can see this volume surge on the 5-year chart for the GDXJ shown below, and how it has driven up its volume indicators. So while many observers are probably yawning disdainfully and dismissing the runup in PM stocks over the past few weeks as “just another bearmarket rally” this high volume suggests that it is anything but, and that we are witnessing the birth of a new bullmarket. What if the broad market tanks, won’t that stop it? – probably not. After all, PM stocks dropped while the broad market rose, so why shouldn’t they rise when the broad market falls? (sometimes this work can be so simple). Our tactics therefore are to seize on any short-term dip to load up on the best PM stocks.

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There was a vicious plunge in US (and other) stock indices late last week, especially on Friday. This came as no surprise to us with the clearest possible warning being posted on the site on the 2nd of this month in BROAD US MARKET update – NO NEW PARADIGM – GET OUT NOW!! Could this be the start of a major panic selloff? - it could, especially given the almost universal bullishness that is at large in the world now.

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Our guide for a more definite indication that the wheel is coming off the broad market is the lower blue trendline shown on our 5-year chart for the S&P500 index below – if the market makes a significant breach of this supporting trendline we could see an absolute bloodbath that would quickly go global.

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It's frustrating to see

that the Ukrainian people will be the loser of this all. Why? To understand what is going on, one must know the history of Ukraine. The Ukrainians suffered a REAL Holocaust: the Holodomor. With millions of Ukrainians starved to death by the Marxists. But as Germany lost the war, their hope for justice for what the Russians did to them vanished and they were occupied for five decades by the murderers. Until today Ukrainians have received no justice, but Russians were settled in Ukraine.

It is important to understand the Ukrainian history to be able to understand, why this undoubtedly sponsored "revolution", has a broader base than the other color revolutions: On one hand are the typical leftists, who adore the EU: gay marriage, destruction of all traditional values, destruction of the families,... Then the usual target group of all color revolutions: the materialists wanting the western way of life, the ones falling victim to the western propaganda of freedom and a life in luxury. And as third part, the Ukrainian patriots. Not because they want the EU, but because they hate the Russian dominance.

This group IMO is giving this "revolution" it's real force, because it represents the overall feeling of the Ukrainians.

People usually are binary thinkers. Especially when it comes to politics. In that case the Ukrainian government signed the treaty with Russia, the Ukrainians fear that they come again under the rulership of Russia - and they already have enough Russians in their country. This anti-Russian reflex, as logical and natural as it seems with their history, makes them turn against their government and automatically, torwards the EU. They see only two options: either Russia or the EU. Which plays into the hands of the Globalists:

This IMO is the real tragedy, because the EU will bring to them much more immigrants, although they want to get rid of the Russians. The EU destroys the European cultures and nation states much more effectively as the Communists ever did. The Ukrainians want MORE independency and they are turning torwards the worst enemy of all nation states, the Supermarxist EU.

That's the tragedy of the development and I see no chance, that the development in Ukraine could take a development for the better for the Ukrainians.

It's also a first class example, how historic lies always give birth to injustice. Putin - and understandably so - is denying the historic truth and supporting the official propaganda version, created by the Communists and Zionists in 1945. This makes it impossible for Putin to become an accepted partner for the Ukrainians. Because it would be necessary to admit, that the GPU/NKWD and Stalin and the mostly Jewish commissars committed a genocide against the Ukrainians. But admitting this as a first step torwards true peace between these two nations, how could Putin then keep playing the propaganda lie, that the Red Army would have been a liberating army? This would undermine his politics, to support the Russian identity against the Globalist agenda.

Putin is trapped in the lies of history and that is a tragic in itself, because Putin's politics indeed is in support of free nations. In support of protecting traditional values. In support of families. Against Globalism. Against the NWO.

Tragic, because due to the huge amount of lies on which the past WWII order was built, Putin will lose the Ukraine, although his Russia could be the protector, the Ukraine will probably end in the EU, will receive a ZOG again and the result will be the same as in all EU countries: the dissolution of the nations with mass immigration from Africa and Asia, the destruction of all values, the establishment of the New World Order in Ukraine, too.

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You-Cry-Einna

traveled the width of Ukraine, from Chernotsi, Kiev, Kharkov, but never thought the streets I walked would become a war zone. (again and again) It is a difficult situation. The Eastern Ethic Russians v the Bookavina head wigglers. (white garb in green hats) 20/20 of course, but this cultural division is not going away anytime soon. Kutchma and Putin selling Ukraine out, the Black Sea Feet base, the female prez passing russki gas for the kick backs, the fear of the Russian bear driving western Ukraine into the western sphere, etc etc. 600 years in the making. And now, after Imperial Moskva invaded and populated 1/2 the country, the stage is set for CIVIL WAR. This is not going to end, nor end well, with Czar Putin commanding in Moscow. You all can kiss his tail, but a KGB totalitarian is .... a KGB totalitarian. Not that all he has done has been bad, (building an energy empire for example, imprisoning the sodomites), but like the US, being Russia centric with petro/military intimidation (sound familiar?), is nothing more than the brutal acts of Imperial Rome. Freedom loving Ukrainian square off against the establishment controlled by the Kremlin and backed by many ethic Russians, in Ukraine. Well, excuse me, but how in the world did Ukraine get populated by Russians? The imperial invaders attempt to breed em out. Sorry, but I dont see this ending well. I got it, Putin can play chess, (and marvel the turdites, yet again), and act like the GREAT PEACE MAKER, and jack up oil prices, to teach those peasants a lesson, by golly, and ignite civil war. There have been several flair ups over the past two decades, the root cause always being, Russian Imperialism v UKRAINIAN FREEDOM.

LONG LIVE U-Kri-einna!!.

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@wildstylechef

I like Clive Maund, but he needs to post more charts.

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1) There is no good side in

1) There is no good side in this

2) The European Union has become a dictatorial central body. A dictatorship which ousted the democratically elected leaders and party mp's in Italy and Greece and then literally replaced them with puppets.

3) Therefore we can conclude that the EU has no interest in democracy and only in power

4) These so called opposition groups have been empowered by the powerhouses in the West to attempt this takeover.

5) Why are the Ukranian forces being seemingly ordered to be quite timid towards the mob?

6) I am going to qualify "the mob", spiked bats, molotovs, other weaponry, they are looking to take over by untold violence.

7) This is a power struggle seemingly between the West and Russia and one would say that in the  interest of balance of power, it's better to allow for the current government to overcome this than for another country to be ensnared in the EU.

8) You would think given the horrendous history which the Ukranians have to do ensure that they would smell, see and instinctively recognise danger when they came across it and yet here they are literally dying and expending their energy's into a fight for the EU.

9) Wtf

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Another MSM hit on the barbarous relic

The bug of Wall Street: fools' gold

Gold never loses its lustre to some believers, but it's a terrible idea to fall in love with any commodity, and especially this one

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We know about the wolves of Wall Street. But what do you know about the bugs? 

There is a pop-eyed creature that roams the markets known as the "gold bug". A gold bug is someone who believes investing in gold is the answer to all the world's financial anxieties: inflation, a stock market sell-off, the size of the government defict, the prospect of the dollar losing its value.

More than any other asset class out there, gold seems to possess the ability to get otherwise level-headed people to toss caution to the winds. Diamonds may shine more brightly; hot technology IPOs usually generate more buzz on the cocktail party circuit, at least. But gold seems to possess a unique kind of luster, one able to blind some of us to logic and common sense.

“There seems to be a group of true believers in the religion of gold in every generation,” says Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank. “They become acolytes, unable to detach themselves emotionally from gold. It can be tough, even impossible, to talk them out of owning it.”

That’s true, Ablin says, even when gold has hit the skids, as it did last year, posting a 28% decline (the largest in more than 30 years)

That put an end to a 12-year bull market rally, but not to the dreams of gold bugs everywhere. In their eyes, gold has lost none of its luster. In their eyes, the sell-off isn’t simply a function of normal supply and demand factors. (To mention a few: Indian export restrictions, the absence of any inflation, a decline in interest of central banks in holding gold, or the fact that an array of alternatives that started outperforming gold handily.)

Instead, the gold bugs believe that the fall of gold is a conspiracy. Global central banks, some gold bugs argue, are manipulating prices and gold will soar to set new records this year.

Well, there’s at least a small chance that this may be true. And there may have been a shooter on the grassy knoll on 22 November, 1963. But that still isn’t an argument in favor of loading up your portfolio with gold.

And that’s the problem: the fact that at least a small percentage of people will always shun common sense and act instead based instead on a compelling narrative about why gold (or any other investment) is the greatest idea since the wheel. 

This goes back to a bigger strain of conspiracy theory. The unprecedented involvement of central banks in economies worldwide in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis set the stage for some epic storytelling. All that central bank support – ultra-low interest rates and "quantitative easing" – would set the stage for hyperinflation and the implosion of the value of the US dollar.

Too bad none of that has materialized.

The result, for big gold investors, has been that faith has turned into a disaster. Switzerland's central bank lost billions. Hedge fund billionaire John Paulson, who first revealed his affection for gold in 2009 when the metal had already rallied to about $1,150 an ounce from only $400 or so a decade ago, lost an estimated $300 million on his positions during trading on a single day last April, and calculating his total losses has become a kind of Wall Street parlor game.

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jan/23/gold-investing-wall-street-banks-value

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Saint “might help Spain out of crisis,” says interior minister

 

Jorge Fernández Díaz says he is convinced 16th-century nun is “interceding”

 

Minister Fernández, during the presentation at Fitur. / ULY MARTÍN

Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz on Friday disclosed the existence of a previously unknown factor that might help Spain pull out of its deep economic crisis.

Speaking at the tourism fair FITUR in Madrid, Fernández Díaz said he was convinced that Saint Teresa of Ávila, the 16th-century nun, is “interceding” for Spain “during these harsh times.”

The revelatory statement was part of the presentation of “Huellas de Santa Teresa” (or, Traces of Saint Teresa), a project to celebrate the 500th anniversary of her birth through a tour of 17 cities where the saint established outposts for the Discalced Carmelites, a branch of the Carmelites that she founded.

“Saint Teresa spoke of harsh times, and I am sure that right now she is acting as an important intercessor for Spain during our own harsh times,” said Fernández Díaz, of the conservative Popular Party (PP).

“Efforts from above”

Fernández Díaz also expressed confidence in the saint’s ability to make the 2015 cultural project a success. “I am sure that her efforts from above, where she is very powerful, will make this a success,” he told a large group of representatives from the cities and regions involved in Huellas de Santa Teresa.

Saint Teresa is one of the most popular holy figures in Spain, and a relic of her body — an “incorrupt hand” — is still preserved and venerated at the Church of La Merced in Ronda (Málaga).

http://elpais.com/elpais/2014/01/24/inenglish/1390579198_022392.html

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Black Sea

My understanding is that, prior to WWII, Nickoleyna near Odessa was a shipyard/port and home of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet, but the Nazies rolled in, and the seige of Sebastapol was on, until monsterous german railroad seige gun put an end to hold outs, in an epic seige, after which, the Soviet moved the Black Sea Base to Posti Georgia. Some may recall during the China Bird Nest Olypics, the Georgian tried to gain control of their homeland, as drawn by the Soviets themselves, Ossetia I think was one. There were two districts in NW Georgia that the Russians claims were mostly ethic Russians, and moved in tanks, staged, in the assault on Georgia, and the fight was on. One is on the Black Sea Coast and is consider the NOVA ODESSA, and the vacation spot for Moscovites.

Pondering last night, as to bargaining chips, and I am not really sure here, but east of the Crimea is the sea of Azol, having ports of Rostov on the Don and Norississa, both in the cacaucases of S Russia with water access to the black sea. Guessing, that both are not deep draft enough to accommodate the Russian Fleet, and hence, Bear Park in Ukraine. So, ethic Ukrainian are fed up being ruled by the Kremlin, and seek EU admission, and dare one say, NATO, and that would kick Russian influence and bases in the pants. THERE IN LIES the real conflict. Ukraine wants indepedence and papa bear want his economic subordinates and bases.

I believe that it was Peter the great, not sure, who moved in a took the Ukraine as Russian territory, and was considered Russia, but believe that Lennin or Stalin, as part of the Soviet Empire, drew the lines of Ukraine and Georgia as well, as republics of the CCCP.

Having thus drawn the lines and then much later abandoned the Soviet co-op, old papa bear just could not really keep his word, snatching lands of Georgia and politically suppressing the Ukraine.

THIS WILL NOT END WELL, as long of Politboro dreamer Czar Putin is in control. Putin is all for peace when he cant go toe-to-toe, (The US would have smoked his Med Fleet in a heart beat), but functions as any other Imperial Ceasar atop the Kremlin Politboro, when having the advantage. This goes beyond PEACE and Defending Russia, but Soviet Expansion as desired by Putin himself.

According to Czar Putin, the greatest catastrophy of the 20th century, was NOT the 27 million Russians slaughtered by German Panzers (a consequence of Stalin purging the Upper Eshilon of the Soviet Military -- shot or imprisoned), or the Goolags of Stalin and the NKVD - KGB, but the break up of the Soviet Union, (exploiting satellite countries for the benefit of Moscovites), and that, in and of itself speaks volume of the SO-CALLED Chess Master and Peace Maker.

Putin has done well for Russia, you have to give him that, but as chess master and peace maker, such titles are seriously doubted. 

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Ukraine's PM Azarov and government resign

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has accepted the resignation of the prime minister and his cabinet amid continuing anti-government protests.

Mykola Azarov had offered to step down as prime minister to create "social and political compromise".

The move came after the Ukrainian parliament voted overwhelmingly to annul a controversial anti-protest law.

The protests have spread in recent days across Ukraine, even to President Yanukovych's stronghold in the east.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25932352

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