Orchestrated conflict in Kyiv. Euro Maidan from inside.

Black Square with Yellow-Blue ribbon, symbol of solidarity with Maidan

Pictures, unless specified different, are taken by my sister in Kiev, Ukraine
Pictures, unless specified different, are taken by my sister in Kiev, Ukraine

Two sides of the same conflict

I am following news from Kyiv, Ukraine from the very beginning, from the day first when Ukrainian people went out to Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) on November 21, 2013.

Kyiv has a special significance for me. My mother was born in Kyiv. My father is buried in Kyiv.

My part of the family who live in Kyiv go to Maidan with children and friends. They take photos and tell me about what’s going on. They are simple intelligent working people like those who are standing on Maidan under snow and rain.

I also have a schoolmate who lives in Kyiv, my school mate is not coming to Maidan and she is what they say, “on the other side of the barricades”. My school mate tells me word to word what you can read in Russian mass media sources. My school mate is a poet/writer/public figure, who feeds from the Government feeder.

So, no doubt that I trust my Kyiv part of the family more as “a first source of news coverage”.

Disclaimer

I tried to sort all the contradictory information about Euro Maidan and look into the sources of the conflict. Who would need this conflict, why the conflict that started as a mere peaceful demonstration went so wild recently?

My opinion is just my opinion, I am not a political expert and not affiliated with any source or organization.

Work Days of Maidan before violence was provoked.

"Save you and me from power" meaning Ukrainian Government
"Save you and me from power" meaning Ukrainian Government
Selling symbols of free Ukraine
Selling symbols of free Ukraine
Students and working class people were the main protesters on Maidan initially.
Students and working class people were the main protesters on Maidan initially.
Garbage, which is part of the reality is collected in garbage bags.
Garbage, which is part of the reality is collected in garbage bags.
American flag in the center of Kiev to express solidarity with Ukranians
American flag in the center of Kiev to express solidarity with Ukranians
Israel is for free Ukraine as well.
Israel is for free Ukraine as well.

EuroMaidan started as a mere peaceful demonstration

EuroMaidan started as a mere peaceful demonstration which would self-extinguish itself within several days, if not for the fuel of violence constantly added to it…

People spontaneously started to gather on Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) on November 21, 2013 when Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich made a U-turn and suspended preparations for signing an Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the European Union.

The movement got a name of Euro Maidan (literally Euro Square).

Demands of Euro Maidan were:

1. Resignation of the government.

2. End of persecution of innocent people.

3. Signing AA with EU.

Euro Union was not the main reason people came out to the square and if the government didn't pay much attention to the rioters, they eventually would stop coming out to Maidan.

There were not so many protesters on the Square on November 29, 2013. Maybe a couple of hundreds, mostly they were students and middle class workers.

However, in the early hours of November 30, when there wasn't many journalists in the square, protesters were brutally attacked. Government sent special forces "Berkut" and hired thugs (what they call sometimes “soccer fans”), brainless hooligans, often former convicts, who are hungry for blood, for violence, and it does not matter to them whom to beat. Those thugs were not sent to disperse people (left alone, people would leave the square any way), those hired bandits were sent to beat and kill.

About 30 people, mostly students were brutally beaten and taken to jails in the early hours of November 30, 2013. There would be more casualties, but people just ran away from the square in order to save their lives.

After this incident thousands and thousands of people came out to protest, every day more and more free people also coming from other cities and villages of Ukraine.

Ukrainian people are protesting against the Government, against its corruption and lawlessness.

People don’t want to live in a dictatorship state.

Seeing that the riots are threatening to become wider and wider, Yanukovich's Government issues absolutely unconstitutional laws. Law that violate human rights, laws that no democratic progressive country would ever allow. You could just rename Ukraine into North Korea, this kind of laws. The laws were adopted with violation of voting as well. According electronic vote counting there was not enough votes for the laws to pass. So, the Government just announced that electronic system was broken and signed the laws into life.

This was it! It was the beginning of escalation of violence in riots.

Every time Government provokes violence, more and more people are coming to the Square, now millions and millions of Ukrainians are rioting against the Government.

Peaceful protesters were joined by local radicals, which made situation more violent.

However, the problem is not that flat.

The bigger forces stand behind all this.

Someone bigger and stronger needs Ukraine in fire. It is obvious who- Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

One of Yanukovich's real estates

Tatyana Chernovol, an investigative journalist who was investigating Yanukovivh's real estate was brutally beaten during Maidan time
Tatyana Chernovol, an investigative journalist who was investigating Yanukovivh's real estate was brutally beaten during Maidan time

Victor Yanukovich, the current President of Ukraine

Victor Yanukovich was elected a president of Ukraine in democratic elections of 2010. Next elections in Ukraine were scheduled for 2015. It was definitely clear that Yanukovich would never again be re-elected.

Why? He became awfully unpopular with Ukrainian people. Victor Yanukovich got himself discredited by corrupting the power and abusing his presidency.

He violated the Constitution; he literally usurped power in the country. Corruption, embezzlement, concealment of criminals among his entourage- all this was blooming in his presidency. He plainly transformed the country from parliamentary republic to presidential power.

He literally ripped the state budget. The members of his family became billionaires, seizing huge amounts of state property. Yanukovich family (he and his sons) built giant private residences, owned yachts and accounts in foreign banks. At the same time poverty of the general population was progressing.

Victor Yanukovich infiltrated all main branches of power and business with ethnically Russians, often members of families or friends of Vladimir Putin and his own criminal friends. At the same time Yanukovich was weakening Ukrainian military forces, substituting Ukrainian militia with typically criminal police forces. He ruined the judiciary system and Parliament by inflicting in it "deputies" with criminal past, including killers. The presence of people with a criminal way of thinking at all levels of government led to the criminalization of society and virtually all social processes.

Victor Yanukovich and Vladimir Putin
Victor Yanukovich and Vladimir Putin | Source

Viktor Yanukovich is just an instrument in the hands of Vladimir Putin

Viktor Yanukovich is an instrument in the hands of Vladimir Putin, who is restoring the Russian empire, with all its inherent attributes and traditions of repression of people who dare to think differently.

Putin needs Ukraine. Putin forces the same scenario in Ukraine he held in other similar situations (like interfering with Republic of Georgia membership in NATO, interfering with integration of Armenian Republic into European Union, doing the same right now in Republic of Moldova. Or we can go over 20 years ago and remember Vilnius, or we can go over 45 years ago and remember Soviet tanks in Prague).

Ukraine is the strongest card in Putin’s game right now.

It is very important for Putin’s Russia that a conflict in Kiev will continue and escalate to the point of being uncontrollable form both sides. Russia and present Ukrainian Government are not interested in any negotiations, and they purposely make any sober people perceived as traitors. Russia needs blood in Kiev to pursue its own interests.

These days hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are fighting not only against Victor Yanukovich and his criminal government, they are fighting against thuggish post-Soviet government, fighting the battle for Ukraine as an independent country against Putin’s Kremlin.

"Berkut", the Government special police units torture naked protester Mikhail Gavriliuck

Who is right? Who is wrong? Who is to blame?

The opposition did not prove to be of much help, as the opposition is not united. The opposition represents several different parties and no one can find so far any compromise with the government or give any clear hopes for the protesters. Opposition does not have any clear plan of actions. This lead to the provocative activity of radicals who joined the peaceful protesters. Clashes between the radicals and police forces are going in full in Kiev since January 19.

Political leaders are no longer in control of rioters.

The Army so far refuses to defend the Government or help the rioters. Yanukovich is using special forces units called “Berkut” (“golden eagle”, though they are dressed all in black), as well as hired thugs and provocateurs to initiate the violence. “Berkut” units do not have any official status, but unofficially they are specifically trained to suppress the uprisings unmercifully.

The government also used 18 year old conscript soldiers as a shield in front of “Berkut” on December 1, 2013.

In spite of many lies and twisted coverage people who basically “lived” on Maidan were not tramps or vagabonds. Peaceful protests on Maidan were neatly organized in a pattern of military camp. Strict organization with warm food and tents, heating barrels, improvised hospital, a stage for speakers and singers. No alcohol, no inside disturbances.

AutoMaidan is a unique movement that happened there too. Car owners put their cars as a barrier to protect peaceful demonstrators.

Euro Maidan protesters are doing it not for money, they are defending their Republic of Ukraine, their country against Russian dictatorship, against Ukrainian Government who became Putin’s marionette.

They don’t have much other choice left, but to fight…. If Nation is not happy with its Government, it is Nation's right to overthrow this Government.

People who come to Maidan, Ukrainians who want their country free are singing. Do you call these people extremists?

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maxoxam41 2 years ago from USA

Maybe you should have asked yourself why would Ukrainian Russians want Europe in a time where most of the European people want to secede? Apparently the question didn't interest you. Maybe you should have asked yourself who could be behind the rioting movement, whose interest is it? What about the US? Why would they do so? What about to destabilize the current government tied to Putin? And why would the US want to destabilize Putin? Maybe because since the Syrian conflict, he became to the eyes of the oppressed or possible next target a protective shield against absolute power? Senator Lugar proposed NATO to have the opportunity to attack any country in the world because WE would lack natural resources, if it's not absolute power without deterrence what would it be?

As you said it rightly, this article is your opinion. And my opinion is an opinion too.


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ReuVera 2 years ago from USA Author

maxoxam41, I know you well enough not to take you or your opinion seriously.


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ReuVera 2 years ago from USA Author

Oh, but thank you for being the first to comment anyway.


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maxoxam41 2 years ago from USA

You are welcome. It was your opinion, I gave another one.


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ReuVera 2 years ago from USA Author

Ukrainians do not want Europe, or rather, they don't really care. They need their own country independent from any other protectorate and they want good Government, not a government of thieves and criminals. This is why they come out to protest. Any other nation could learn from their unity and persistence.

Also, America has no interest in Ukraine other than USA want it free and independent. Russia is the one who has huge interest in Ukraine.


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maxoxam41 2 years ago from USA

You are independent. You have a president. The only difference is Putin brought a much better deal to the president.

America has no interest at all. Wherever it is peace is restored.

Tell me which interest Putin has that the US doesn't?


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ReuVera 2 years ago from USA Author

Have you read this hub at all? The answers are there.


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Vladimir Uhri 2 years ago from HubPages, FB

Thank you ReuVera for your opinion I am in line with it. Ukraine is hungry for freedom. They remember dictatorial Soviet Union well. Putin was the chief of KGB, then what we expect from him? BTW US as helping others nations they never took any country under US territory. For communists all faults are USA.


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ReuVera 2 years ago from USA Author

Vladimir, I agree with you. Putin needs Ukraine to get under his protectorate to restore Russian empire, to strengthen it and to go further. Russian government is all corrupted through. People in Russia are not happy, except those who have communist ideology and mentality and follow Putin.

Ukraine is becoming dictatorship under Yanukovich executive way of presidency. Ukrainian people do not want it.


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ReuVera 2 years ago from USA Author

Max, you are so confused, it's just waste of time. But you are free to have your own opinion and this is freedom of choice in action. Good night.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago

The people want to be free, a basic human desire unless you are brainwashed into believing you have to be led around on a leash. Your article is important, very well written and informative. Voted up, interesting, useful and awesome!


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ReuVera 2 years ago from USA Author

Thank you, BP! You summarized it! Putin's scenario of provoking a conflict in a post-soviet republic to have then a reason to suppress it forcefully in order to gain power in that region is shown in action in Ukraine. But there his scenario was broken by people's will to live free! We have a lot to learn from Ukrainians.


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ReuVera 2 years ago from USA Author

Thank you, Mariia. I am supporting Ukrainian people.


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Vladimir Uhri 2 years ago from HubPages, FB

How someone can support this communistic nonsense except those who live there and the same time live in free country? I read Putin speech and many believe he is changing to better. *** After 15 now 16 Perestroika communists pretending they are dead. But it is mistake to believe their lies.


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ReuVera 2 years ago from USA Author

Here are excerpts from an open letter of Vladyslav Rashkovan, who lives and works in Kiev. He explains why he supports Maidan movement.

1. In the first place for my family. I want my children to grow up in Ukraine and not in Ruthenia; I want that at school they are told about European values and not of the post-Soviet time values; I want them to enter university for knowledge and new contacts, rather than to meet teachers who are bribe-takers to give grades; I want my children to be able to work in any international organization in any country, but not to dream about being state officials. I do it for the future.

2. Second, for the sake of my own country. My inner conviction is that the current regime is criminal. We are not a monarchy, and I, as a citizen of this country, want to have rights and opportunity to change the power in this country. Whoever takes from me and my fellow citizens these tools and limits our freedom, is my enemy. I am ready to fight this enemy with all means available.

3. Finally, for my own sake. I do not want to be afraid. I am an intelligent adult man, and it is disgusting for me to think that I should be afraid to get into a public hospital, afraid to contact the police, afraid to go to court. It's disgusting to think about bribery and majors in my favorite city.

And I'm trying to fight. How? Very simple:

1. I go to Maidan, and Grushevsky street. I'm not there all the time – I come for a few hours, and not every day - work and family do not always make it possible to give more time. I'm not the only one who goes to Maidan - often we go in a group consisting of investment bankers, bankers, colleagues from international companies, MPs, including Parliament. I give money to support Maidan and buy medicines for the medical center on Maidan.

2. My suit does not smell of gasoline, and I do not throw Molotov cocktails at "defenseless" Berkut units; I agree, my warm evening jacket smells a little like bon fire - but I even like the smell - like after a hike. I peacefully express my protest. Do I like radicalization and escalation of protests - no. But so far lack of real compromise from the current government has brought the situation to this track.

3. My fingers are not scratched - I do not pull bricks out from the pavement and do not throw them at the soldiers on Grushevsky streen. But my shoulders used to ache from bags with snow during the construction of the barricades;

4. Through Facebook, through the phone I address many people, including those in other cities and other countries. I explain what is happening in our country, in Kiev and I want to hear their position. I do it because mass media available to them do not always cover the events in Kiev adequately.

I think about what I can do more. And here I am writing to you. I hope you, too, can do something for your family and your city.

1. First, open your eyes and ears. Stop thinking by stereotypes that were imposed on you for many years. Admit that there is another position different from what the current government preaches to people. I'm not telling you yet to take a position - just believe that there is another one. Believe me, I or my friends were NOT paid any money. We really take part in the resistance because of our beliefs.

2. When you open your eyes, look around – do you like what you see?

3. Now think if you can change it. I'm sure you can. Even you alone. Start with yourself. Raise your head and go forward. To the future. Think, and make the right choice. Choice between fear and freedom, between law and lawlessness. Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

4. What next? Do not support the criminal regime. Talk to your friends. Explain what I tried to convey. You can send them my post. Express protest against the current regime and support the resistance.


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Vladimir Uhri 2 years ago from HubPages, FB

Thanks ReuVera for Vladyslav Rashkovan expression of his belief. Yea, freedom from fear is our goal.


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ReuVera 2 years ago from USA Author

Vladimir, thanks for commenting. people like Vladislav Rashkovan are in majority there.


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ReuVera 2 years ago from USA Author

I edited the hub a little bit. I absolutely forgot (how could I forget it!) to write about unconstitutional laws that were adopted by Ukrainian Government. This is the part I added:

"Seeing that the riots are threatening to become wider and wider, Yanukovich's Government issues absolutely unconstitutional laws. Law that violate human rights, laws that no democratic progressive country would ever allow. You could just rename Ukraine into North Korea, this kind of laws. The laws were adopted with violation of voting as well. According electronic vote counting there was not enough votes for the laws to pass. So, the Government just announced that electronic system was broken and signed the laws into life.

This was it! It was the beginning of escalation of violence in riots."


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ReuVera 2 years ago from USA Author

With uprising of radical violent groups and Government hired thugs the situation is dangerously going in the direction needed for Putin, when he will be justified to bring Russian military forces into Kiev..... This was the final aim of the scenario.


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ReuVera 2 years ago from USA Author

January 28th, Good news of the resignation of PM Nikolay Azarov and his cabinet. Even better news of cancellation of executive dictators laws signed on January 16th.

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