Kyiv's Shell-Shocked Maidan
Kyiv's Independence Square is quieter and emptier than it was when it became the epicenter of the Maidan protests. Some of the people who remain attempt to busy themselves with errands, chopping wood for fires, or delivering food. Others simply sit, staring into the distance, contemplating Ukraine's uncertain future even as they recover from violent clashes that claimed more than 80 lives. Ordinary residents still make a regular pilgrimage to the square, where mounds of flowers and makeshift memorials continue to honor the victims.