Wednesday, September 03, 2014


Creative Sparks At Kyiv's Euromaidan

A screen grab of a tweet showing newlyweds "Marina" and "Andriy" at Independence Square in Kyiv
A screen grab of a tweet showing newlyweds "Marina" and "Andriy" at Independence Square in Kyiv
By Glenn Kates
Kyiv has seen intense fighting since January 19, when antigovernment protesters and police clashed on Hrushevskyy street, 1.5 kilometers from the main hub of the “Euromaidan” opposition protests on Independence Square.

But between battles with police and the occupation of buildings, the near-apocalyptic scenes have created a ready-made platform for artistic -- or social -- creativity.


Ukraine is the birthplace of a host of well-known composers, including Mykola Leontovych, who was once nicknamed the "Ukrainian Bach." Fittingly, pianos, along with some fledgling virtuosos, have appeared in some unexpected places.

In the video below, a protester plays a rendition of "Nuvole Bianche" by Ludovico Einaudi, an Italian pianist. The performance was apparently filmed outside the Kyiv regional administration building and is titled "An extremist seizes a piano at 'Euromaidan.'" (Government officials have accused some protesters of extremism.)

Overnight between January 26 and 27, protesters seized Kyiv's Ukrainian House after noticing that security forces had assembled inside. Soon after, a demonstrator performed French composer Yann Tiersen's "Atlantique Nord" for assembled guests in the convention center's concert hall:

In this eerie scene recorded by Sky News producer Yulia Bragina on January 23, a lone saxophonist toots his horn as dusk settles in on the smoldering rubble of Hrushevskyy street:​

Wedding Snaps

Wedding parties tend to seek shots around town that will provide memories that last a lifetime (or at least the length of a marriage). One couple saw the barricades as the perfect spot for such a shot.

Newlyweds who identified themselves to RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service as Marina and Andriy said they chose to come to Independence Square straight after their nuptials to show support for the protesters.

Battle Landscapes

No battle is complete without first being immortalized on canvas. In the photo below, an artist paints the scene of destruction outside Dynamo stadium on Hrushevskyy street:

Battle Anthems

Along the barricades of Hrushevskyy street, protesters bang on metal to rally cold demonstrators for battle, creating an almost constant din:

Ukraine's riot police, the Berkut, have responded with their own battle hymn:

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Comment Sorting
by: Eugenio from: Vienna
January 28, 2014 11:04
How about those pro-democracy activists who destroy the pavement of the Square and the neighbouring streets in order to throw stones at the police and who beat the police with metallic chains? Yanoukowitsch must be out of his mind not to see that all those actions are just expressions of the "Aktionskunst" - simply artistic performances aimed at livening up the democratic debate in the country. Vive la liberté de l'expression artisitque :-))!!!
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by: Oleh from: Kyiv
January 28, 2014 13:43
If you were here, in Kyiv, then you wouldn't be so sure about the lies you are trying to spread. Millions of Ukrainian people are battling for their freedom and yes, lots of them have to use different arguments to stand against the police, that captures people on night streets and killing them, or torturing.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
January 28, 2014 20:12
Yes, Oleh, absolutely, here is an instructive VIDEO demonstrating one of the "lies" that I am "spreading": Ukrainian democracy activists playing with the police as if the latter were little kittens -
Here is one more thing, Oleh: once you have become "free" and a "part of this blossoming Europe" where people are so "happy", please make sure you contact me and I will give you a job here in Vienna - you'll be cleaning toilets, as long as this is exactly the task that the good-hearted European democracts need you, Ukrainians, for.
Have fun on the Euromaidan and cheers from Vienna! Make sure you get all the necessary toilet-cleaning ingredients already in Kiev (it is cheaper this way) and remember - you are staring next Monday at 9 a.m. :-)).
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by: francois from: france
January 28, 2014 15:55
my poor Eugenio been reading your posts ....simply appalling!!
don't know where you come from where you are
but you don't seem to understand, anything at all about anything
If you so much like strong power why don't you just move to Russia
with a bit of luck you might end up in 1 of those famous disciplinary prison and find out just how nice it is to live in a police state under a dictator maybe just living there might give you an idea of what freedom is all about and worth
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
January 29, 2014 09:55
Ah, cher François, thank you so much for the valuable piece of advice! As a matter of fact, I have had a pleasure of "enjoying the sweet fruits of freedom" in your native France for a few years. And one has to admit, it is just amazing:
(a) guys from banlieus burning dozens of cars of their neighbours on a daily basis (one way of expressing one's freedom),
(b) having 3.000.000 unemployed in the country (which is the case in this glorious France today - and it goes without saying that being unemployed is the ultimate expression of freedom in free-market capitalism),
(c) silencing artists - such as was the case of Dieudonné earlier this month - by all possible means because the guy dared to make a few jokes about Israel (this is of course an expression freedom of speach à la française),
(d) systematically deporting Romanian and Bulgarian gipsies back to their countries of origin, even though the French govt has no right to do so, because they all are citizens of EU member states (but why would the French govt care about those Kleinigkeiten?).
And yes, dear OLEH, should you and your friends be successful in your pursuit of freedom and happiness, you will be able to enjoy all of the above yourselves, the same way as millions of people are doing today in such EU member states as Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Portugal or Italy.
Cheers from Vienna and please do continue doing physical exercise on the Euromaidan - it is much healthier than sitting in front of the computer and reading boring Euro-propaganda :-)!

by: Bill Webb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
January 29, 2014 14:00
Three cheers for some good tough discussions and negotiations between the people and the government. Democracy can be messy but at least they're not slaughtering each other like the idiots in Syria and Iraq.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
January 30, 2014 11:33
The "idiots" in Syria and Iraq are slaughtering each other because the US (a) invaded Iraq in 2003 and by removing the govt of Saddam Hussein consciously created a sanctuary for al-Qaeda terrorists in the Western parts of the country; (b) provided arms to Saudi-sponsored al-Qaeda terrorists who penetrated the Syrian territory and are terrorizing the Syrian population.
Should something similar happen in Ukraine, Putin will react by sending some "peace-keepers" there - and the spirits there will be calmed down within a few days, the same way it happened in Georgia in August 2008.

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