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I am a Ukranian - What's Going On in Ukraine

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What's the context? When/why was this made?

The video was posted February 10th, 2014.  The only thing linked to the video is a Facebook page:

Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Ukrainian: Майдан Незалежності, literally: Independence Square) is the central square [1] of Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine. One of the city's main squares, it is located on Khreshchatyk Street in the Shevchenko Raion. The square has been known under many different names, but often it is called simply Maidan.

Maidan Nezalezhnosti - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I guess it is calling out to the world to take notice, like other protests have in the last so many years.  I guess their government made life so unbearable, they are willing to lose their lives, rather than go on with the status quo. 

Really Adam? US news don't talk about it? With Sochi?


"10:34 GMT: The bodies of eight demonstrators are lying outside Kiev's main post office on Independence Square, an AFP reporter says.

The bodies of 17 other demonstrators with apparent gunshot wounds can also be seen in the vicinity of two hotels on opposite sides of the protest encampment.

WELCOME TO AFP'S LIVE REPORT on deadly clashes between armed protesters and riot police in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, as the country's embattled president holds urgent talks with EU foreign ministers on the raging crisis.

At least 25 protesters were killed on Thursday in fresh clashes between thousands of demonstrators and heavily-armed riot police.

The violence flared when masked protesters pelted Molotov cocktails and rocks at thick lines of armed police in Kiev's central Independence Square, the epicentre of the ex-Soviet country's three-month-old political crisis."

ESPECIALLY because of Sochi the US press is glossing over this right now.

CNN Breaking News is sending (horrifying!) updates.  

1 hour ago:

About 100 people have died in the violence in Ukraine since this morning, the chief medical coordinator of the protesters said. At least 500 others have been injured, he said. The Ukrainian government has not released an update on the casualties of the violence.

19 hours ago:

President Barack Obama has condemned the violence in Ukraine, saying the United States expects the Ukrainian government to show restraint against protesters and warning that there would be consequences for stepping over the line."We hold the Ukrainian government primarily responsible for making sure that it is dealing with peaceful protesters in an appropriate way, that the Ukrainian people are able to assemble and speak freely about their interests without fear of repression," the President told reporters. "We've also said we expect peaceful protestors to remain peaceful."  Obama made the remarks after arriving in Toluca, Mexico, for an economic summit.

Now what?

From the 3rd link Adam posted:

The capital of Ukraine is on fire after the most violent day since the former Soviet republic became independent in 1991.

What happens next will have "civilization-defining" implications.

Here is a small history of the current protests in Ukraine from Wikipedia:


Euromaidan in Kyiv on 1 December 2013

Main article: Euromaidan

For more details on the ongoing protests, see Timeline of the Euromaidan and February 2014 Euromaidan riots.

The Euromaidan (Ukrainian: Євромайдан, literally "Eurosquare") protests started in November 2013 where Ukrainian citizens demanded stronger integration with the European Union.[114] [115]

Demonstrations were caused by refusal to sign an association agreement with the EU, Yanukovych described it for Ukraine yet disadvantageous. Over time, Euromaidan has come to describe a wave of ongoing demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine, the scope of the protests evolved to include many calls for the resignation of President Yanukovych and his government.[116]

Violence escalated after 16 January 2014 when the government accepted Bondarenko-Oliynyk laws, also known as Anti-Protest Laws. Anti-government demonstrators occupied buildings in the centre of Kiev, including the Justice Ministry building and riots left 98 dead and thousands injured on Feb 18-20.[117] [118]

On 19 February 2014, the Lviv Oblast regional assembly declared independence from Yanukovych's government and formed an executive committee to take over the functions of the regional government.[119]