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28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.

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Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.

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Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.

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Whats Up?

24 Hours of Hell

Initiated by the absolute disregard displayed to the protestors of EuroMaidan by the current government, clashes kicked off again in Kyiv against protestors and armed Ministry of Interior officers, Berkut, and titushky on Tuesday 18 February.

08.30 Protestors gather at Maidan for a peaceful march on Verkhovna Rada (VR). Pro-governmental thugs continue to gather in Mariinskiy Park.
09.40 Protestors are met with a cordon of police near VR. They lock with troops of the Ministry of Interior.
09.50 The barricade at the House of Officers is taken. There are a reported 50,000 protesters at VR.
10.00 Police start to throw stun grenades on Shovkovichna and tear gas on Lypsky. Trucks preventing the movement of people to VR on Hrushevskoho are removed.
10.10 Police and protestors are head to head at VR. Smoke and explosions come from a building on Instytutska.
10.20 Explosions sound out. Tyres are set on fire again on Hrushevskoho. The police retreat beneath their shields as they are pelted with stones.
10.30 Protestors begin taking apart the road and a human chain of men, women, and the elderly pass the cobblestones down in succession.
10.40 According to Anatoliy Gritsenko, the question of how to get out of here circles Party of Regions and Communist MPs in VR. Snipers begin to shoot from a roof on Shovkovichna.
10.50 A column of MIA officers make their way toward Shovkovichna, as well as Hrushevskoho where they are spotted carrying a trunk of stun grenades.
11.00 Two women on Shovkovichna have been hit with rubber bullets, one in the chest, the other in the face. Most of the people there are armed only in blue and yellow ribbons. Fighting begins in Mariinskiy Park.
11.10 A truck is set on fire on Shovkovichna and releases black smoke. Berkut are seen on the roof of a building on Shovkovichna throwing stun grenades.
11.15 Activists break into the above building and fighting ensues between the protestors and the Berkut.
11.20 The VR is locked from all sides. MPs, staff, and journalists are completely locked in.
11.25 Protestors break down the door of a Party of Regions office on Lypsky. Berkut continue to throw stun grenades to disperse the people.
11.30 PoR office is seized by protestors.
11.35 Tyres are brought to Shovkovichna and set alight to prevent snipers from firing on the people. The wind carries the smoke in the opposite direction. The snipers continue to shoot.
11.40 Small metal balls are found in the grenades being thrown by Berkut.
12.00 Relayed by independent MP Oleksandr Brygynets relays that the PoR are afraid to alert Yanukovych of the current situation.
12.05 The titushky begin to make a move. Activists take five policemen gaurding the PoR office. PoR MPs are allowed to leave the VR.
12.10 Photographer Hlib Haranych is hit by a stun grenade, which tears a massive whole in his bulletproof vest.
12.15 The Right Sector restrain an MIA officer. Protestors continue to take over parts of the PoR office.
12.20 Berkut go on the offensive with guns with rubber bullets, followed close behind by titushky with iron pipes.
12.30 The House of Officers has become a mediclinic.
12.45 Titushky break two cameras of journalists in front of the PoR office on Lypsky. Billionaire PoR MP Vadym Novinsky arrives at the PoR office, which is taken back by Berkut.
13.00 Dozens are reported as injured, including both protestors and police.
13.15 Berkut shoot at protestors from nearby doorways and spray people with water. Protestors throw rocks.
13.20 Wounded MIA officers are assisted by Maidan medical staff.
13.30 Snipers resume their positions on the roofs of Insitutska, firing down on protestors below.
13.45 Berkut close off entry to Lypsky.
14.30 One of the protestors drives off in a government heavy-duty truck. Water cannons are moved into position at VR.
14.35 Berkut arrest four demonstrators on the corner of Instytutska and Shovkovychna. There is a clash between protestors and titushky at the Supreme Court. According to Ukrainskaya Pravda, titushky are shooting live ammunition.
14.45 People are not being allowed out of the metro at Arsenalna.
14.55 Reports and photographs of police with water cannons on standby at multiple frontlines circulate. Three are reported dead, another seven suffer lethal wounds.
15.15 Police at Arsenalna start move toward Maidan, with titushky trailing not far behind. Kyivites shout assassins and Nazis at them as they pass. Arseniy Yatseniuk confirms that the draft resolution to return to the 2004 Constitution was not registered at VR session.
15.30 Special forces are spotted on the roofs of government buildings armed with rifles and grenades. More injured are brought into the medi-points with injuries to the head and legs.
15.40 Berkut advance down the corner of Instytutska/Orlyka. Protestors are seen carrying the body of and MIA officer who has fallen to safety.
15.45 Tsarev President should disperse Maidan by force
16.00 One more person found dead after clashes at offices of Ukraine presidents party.
16.10 Police begin to storm protesters barricades and advance on Maidan.
16.15 Four water cannons are positioned on Hrushevskoho. Another MIA officer is brought to the medi-point.
16.20 Kyivs Metro system is shutdown citywide.
16.25 MIA are seen arming themselves with weapons of war. All opposition MPs are called down to Maidan.
16.40 MIA surround Ukraine House. Berkut take back October Palace. Women, children, and the elderly are ordered to evacuate the protest zone as a 18.00 deadline to stop the violence is issued by authorities.
16.45 Berkut throw Molotov cocktails onto the tents in front of Globus, sending them to flames.
17.00 Police caught on film beating innocent people in the vicinity.
17.15 Two corpses lie on Instytutska.
17.20 Bells ring in Lviv for the mobilisation to Kyiv.
17.30 Traffic police restrict entry of vehicles to Kyiv.
17.50 Protestors take back the Regional State Administration in Ivano Frankivsk.
18.05 Protestors dig up the cobblestones and brick paving on Maidan which are transferred to a double line of defence units on Khreshchatyk. More and more people come to Maidan.
18.15 There are currently about 20,000 people on Maidan. Batkivshchyna MP Serhiy Soboliev invites ambassadors also.
18.20 The entrance to Khreshchatyk metro is barricaded.
18.25 An armoured vehicle is spotted near Arsenalna.
18.30 Traffic is almost paralysed in the city. The fourth floor of the Trade UNI0N building is full of the injured. They are afraid of going to the hospital.
18.35 The Alpha and Berkut of Vinnytsia are ordered to Kyiv they do not want to go.
18.45 A total of nine people, seven civilians and two police, are reported dead. Barricades continue to be reinforced around the perimeter of Maidan.
19.30 Acting mayor Volodymr Makienko announces entry into the city will be closed at midnight. The barricades on Hrushevskoho are dismantled.
19.40 People in Kharkiv and Zaporizhia gather in their respective centres.
20.00 Bandits in uniform announce via a loudspeaker: This is an anti-terrorist operation and storm the square.
20.05 Police use water cannons, stun grenades, and tear gas on protestors from Instytutska. The fires are lit around the barricades.
20.25 Ten already wounded, one lethally.
20.30 5 Channel goes offline, and is available online only. Someone writes: Tahrir is sophomoric compared to what is happening on Maidan.
20.40 Yatsenyuk is calling for a truce until morning. Klitschko says we will not leave.
20.50 DAI are positioned at every corner stopping those travelling in the direction of Maidan and checking their trunk.
21.05 Police forces make it through one barricade. Klitschko is at the Trade UNI0N building. Yatsenyuk goes to meet Yanukovych.
21.30 The storm continues. Police forces continue to claim this is a terrorist operation.
21.35 Berkut attack from the side of Khreschatyk.
21.50 The Trade UNI0N catches fire. The injured are removed as quickly as possible.
22.15 An armoured car driven into the barricade catches fire. The defence forces of Maidan repel the attack of Berkut. Someone calls it incredibly cool.
22.25 Seventeen hospital are crammed to capacity.
22.50 Around 200 titushky in green helmets, with shields and bats are waiting on Velyka Zhytomyrska. Klitscko has arrived to Bankova to speak to Yanukovych who is at the Presidential Administration.
23.40 Activist Ihor Lutsenko calls for more tyres.
00.00 Lawyers have been refused entry to police station where protestors are being detained.
00.05 two young men have been shot by titushky dressed as Maidan defence units at Velyka Zhytomerska. One died.
00.15 Berkut attack Maidan once more, which is held off by defence units. One Berkut is seized and rushed from the scene.
00.30 The screen on the Trade UNI0N building is turned off.
00.44 Berkut are throwing stun grenades from the top of the Trade UNI0N building.
00.55 Messages of support come in from all corners of the world.
01.00 Floors six and seven of the Trade UNI0N building has caught fire. People are jumping into the tents below.
01.15 There are 20 confirmed dead so far, 500 wounded.
01.25 Police forces block the intersection of Velyka Zhytomerska and Volodymyrska.
01.45 Berkut and MIA forces in Odesa are kept from going to Kyiv. Mykailivska Cathedral turns into a hospital.
02.00 Doctors are fully mobilised and working in three shifts.
02.15 Leaders of the Opposition fail to agree to anything with Yanukovych. The president believes there is only one way to solve the problem: everyone vacates the square. According to Klitschko, Yanukovych said the responsibility for the deaths lies with the opposition.
03.35 It is calmer on Maidan than it appears in social media reports one woman. Everyone is keeping busy. Security forces are visible behind a black wall of smoke.
05.25 The fires continue to burn. The fire in the Trade UNI0N has been extinguished.
05.55 Yanukovych makes a statement on TV.
06.45 A journalist for Vesti is confirmed dead.
07.15 A bus with reinforcements arrives at Maidan from Lviv to applause.
08.00 Kyiv smoulders.

26 people are confirmed dead, thousands wounded.

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