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I was trying to fully catch up on what’s happening in Ukraine currently and found a comment on this article that I thought was really interesting and informative. Earlier, I found someone had mentioned that the protesters weren’t really what you would think them to be, and branded them…
Evidence that Yanukovych is possibly relying on Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs troops (in addition to Ukrainian interior troops). If true, this makes matters even worse. While the “West” supports a peaceful solution, they do NOT send forces in to facilitate that through force. Ironic that Lavrov was suggesting this is all an American plot and then you find Russian troops in Kyiv.
The 18th of February should have been the key day for a bloodless resolution to the Ukrainian crisis. Instead the Ukrainian government escalated violence in an unprecedented way. The upper echelon bureaucrats not only ignored the voices of its people, as they have done in the past, but also…
Ukraine’s Orthodox and Catholic priests have been frequently seen on or near the front lines of the clashes, ministering to protesters and riot police alike, though at times some have appeared to more closely align themselves near the protesters. Perhaps this is because protesters, camped out for three months in Kiev’s Independence Square, and having endured the overwhelming firepower of security forces, are in more immediate physical need. Perhaps it’s because of the complex historical relationship between church and state dating to Soviet-era Ukraine. Or maybe it’s just where those priests’ individual sympathies lie.
Whatever the case, photos tracking the priests as they move between both sides of the physical conflict, as well as minister to the dead and wounded, provide strikingly powerful glimpses into life on the ground in crisis-racked Ukraine.
JUST IN: White House issues statement on situation in Ukraine:
"We are outraged by the images of Ukrainian security forces firing automatic weapons on their own people. We urge President Yanukovych to immediately withdraw his security forces from downtown Kyiv and to respect the right of peaceful protest, and we urge protesters to express themselves peacefully."
Kiev’s Euromaidan protesters began 2014 the same way they ended 2013: by rioting in the streets in an attempt to bring down their government. Key victories have already been won, with Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his cabinet resigning. The demonstrators also forced the annulment of a new anti-protest law that was, ironically, the cause of much of their protesting.
The protesters haven’t been contented by this. They are still out in the streets, demanding the head of President Viktor Yanukovych and the staging of fresh elections. What began as a protest against the Ukrainian government’s close ties with Russian leader Vladimir Putin has become a focus for wider discontent. However, Yanukovych seems in no mood to relinquish his power. As the social unrest spreads across the country, its first post-Soviet President, Leonid Kravchuk, has gone as far as to warn that Ukraine is on the brink of civil war. Dozens of people have lost their lives in just the last two days of violence.
At the end of January, VICE flew to Kiev as rioters hurled Molotov cocktails at police and the city turned into a battlefield.