Maidan inside out

In the last days I received multiple requests to translate my posts for foreign readers, as they have very limited information about the happenings in Ukraine. Sharing and distribution is appreciated.

Пост на русском (post in Russian)

It is time to look into Maidan more carefully, as it has become a bit quieter in Kiev. Almost everybody has heard the word “Maidan” but still hardly knows what Maidan looks like. The centre of Kiev, which is Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti), the main street (Khreshchatyk), European Square and neighboring streets are occupied by all the protesters. They have occupied several buildings of the administration block where now people can get warm, receive medical help and clothes at special stations. The streets are covered in tents that shelter protesters from all over the country.

Everything on Maidan is perfectly organized. It reminds of a small state with its own army, armory which consists of bottles, sticks and stones, food stock, mass media, shops and, of course, well-functioning border control. The approach lane is blocked with massive barricades. Maidan with its watchtowers, barbed wire and numerous guards looks like a maximum security penal colony. It is protected by fighters whose effective weapon consists of sticks, thick metallic chains and Molotov cocktails. The fighters keep to the military discipline: they march and study the basics of street battle in their free time. They are divided into troops, each with its own commanding officer, aid man and even banner-bearer.
There is everything for living on Maidan. One can get food, all the necessary clothes, defence and medical aid in case one gets wounded. Some people cam here two months ago and stayed. The living conditions are obviously rather poor, since people are using street toilets, getting warmed by fires and sleeping in unheated tents.

I want a part of Maidan to be domed in glass to become a museum when Ukraine finally comes out of the political crisis. Nowadays Maidan is the main Kiev point of interest and its part should be transmitted over to the next generations. It is true art.

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Where do the protesters get all the tyres they seem to burn all the time? Looking at photos, it must be thousands of tyres lying on Kiev streets. The barricades are apparently built using mostly local materials - sacks with ice, pavement stones and a burned truck here and there. So the constant supply of tyres is very puzzling - after all, no one is bringing concrete blocks in industrial quantities to the barricades :)

I hope they are not taking them off parked cars :)
Never wanted to join the discussion, but... Have you ever tried to get the tyre off a car when it's -15 C out there? ))) I forgot to apply protective coating and doors in my car were frozen in a couple of hours.

The tyres are brought by the same people, who bring the food and medical supplies. There're lot of old tyres in the city - abandoned in the streets, used as decoration, stored at the tyre shops. Imagine, that all that garbage is being removed somewhere and you even could earn some money... if you run the tyre shop and have a storage of old tyres ))))
== Have you ever tried to get the tyre off a car when it's -15 C out there? ==

I guess if I tried, I wouldn't be asking stupid questions :)
Поправьте, пожалуйста, пластиковый стакан - Plastic cup, не glass, они же не из стекла.
Greetings from America, we are watching and applaud your courage!

Привіт з Америки, ми спостерігаємо і вітаю вашу сміливість!
I follow every day since the start off all on Maidan on the life stream, sometimes days and nights ........ I have a rented house in The Netherlands and a small appartment in Kiev. I can tell so much to the people who start this but I can do it in 1 word : RESPECT !!

My wife and I do hope and pray that this shall bring Ukraine the needed democracy with or without Europe, but a country in which people feel safe and happy and I feel so great that I can tell our son later : Here has been made the new future from OUR country.
А ты не боишься,глупый еврейский мальчик,что эти фашиствующие "защитники" придут к твоей милой бабушке в Симферополе?Она,наверное,еще помнит,что обычно делают фашисты с вами.Или за печеньки госдепа не только Родину ,но и бабушку не жалко?
Иуды(ты,экслер и прочая шваль из пятой колонны)и вши на теле России
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