Orchestrated conflict in Kyiv. Euro Maidan from inside.
Black Square with Yellow-Blue ribbon, symbol of solidarity with Maidan
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”.
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.
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
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.
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.