Posts Tagged ‘ Mychailo Wynnyckyj ’

Thoughts from Kyiv – 13.04.2014

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

According to Eastern Rite tradition, the dead are mourned for 40 days. Although deaths are commemorated annually thereafter, after forty days, the lives of survivors are expected to continue. Sunday 31 March happened to be the 40th day after the Yanukovych regime’s sniper safari of Maidan protesters on 20 February. For better or worse, I…


Short term pessimism on 09.02.2014

Feb 10th, 2014 | By

Today was “Viche” day on Maidan – the day that tens of thousands of Kyiv residents traditionally join the encamped protestors on Independence Square, show their support for the demonstrators en masse, and listen to the speeches of Ukraine’s political opposition leaders. Unfortunately, the leaders usually have little new to say each week (this was…


The Globe in Kiev: Ukraine oligarchs own political mess

Feb 1st, 2014 | By

PAUL WALDIE KIEV — The Globe and Mail Last updated Friday, Jan. 31 2014, 9:46 PM EST With Ukraine’s popular uprising showing no sign of easing, the country’s future depends largely on the actions of a few billionaires who control most of what goes on in government and have been caught off guard by the…


Thoughts from Kyiv – Jan 28, 2014

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

Maybe I’m imagining things, but I have the distinct impression that the mood on Maidan and Hrushevskoho St. changed significantly in the wake of today’s events in Parliament. The resignation of Prime Minister Azarov was accepted by the President today, and each minister in Ukraine’s government is now (as a result) an “acting minister”. The…


Kyiv Observations at Independence and European Squares

Jan 20th, 2014 | By

Back from Kyiv’s Independence Square about an hour ago. The atmosphere tonight resembles what I experienced on Mykhailivska square on Nov 30 – after the first storming of the student Euromaidan demonstrations. I would describe this atmosphere as “determined”. Songs and carols from the stage have been replaced by somber speeches and documentary films. The…


Update from Kyiv – Early Morning January 20, 2014

Jan 20th, 2014 | By

This will be my last status update from Kyiv tonight (unless the current stand-off situation changes drastically). The skirmishes on Hrushevskoho St. continue between radical right protesters (throwing rocks) and riot police (primarily using water cannon in -9 C temps). The battle is likely to continue til sun-up (i.e. for another 5 hours) with no…


Trying to get into Yanukovych’s head…

Dec 12th, 2013 | By

11 December 2013 at 18:24 The question on the minds of many in Ukraine (and I suspect around the world) today is “why?” Why did the Yanukovych regime choose to attempt to clear the demonstrators from Kyiv’s city center specifically during the early hours of 11/12/13? This is not merely a numerological question. Given the…


Ukraine’s Revolution: The Regime Strikes Back

Dec 11th, 2013 | By

During the very early hours of the morning of 11/12/13, several thousand riot police and Interior Ministry troops attacked the barricades set up 2 weeks ago by protestors around Kyiv’s Independence Square. According to official reports, 10 police officers were injured. Obtaining an exact count of casualties from the protestors’ side is impossible, but it is safe to say that when the dust settles, numbers will number in the hundreds.