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A screen grab of a tweet showing newlyweds "Marina" and "Andriy" at Independence Square in Kyiv
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:

January 28: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address.
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MONDAY, January 27:

Council of Europe: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) winter session opens in Strasbourg (to January 31).

Georgia/Israel: Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili visits Jerusalem (to January 28).

Iran: A group of prominent former diplomats, known as "the elders," visits Tehran to boost dialogue between Iran and the international community.

Kazakhstan/Lithuania: Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov visits Vilnius.

NATO: Release of the Secretary-General’s Annual Report for 2013.

Russia: The Moscow City Court resumes hearings into the murder of Russian investigative reporter and human rights campaigner Anna Politkovskaya.

Russia: The 70th anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad.

Serbia/Kosovo: The Belgrade-Pristina dialogue resumes in Brussels, with mediation by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

UN: International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

TUESDAY, January 28:

EU/Russia: Russian President Putin visits Brussels to attend the 32nd Russia-European Union summit.

Kazakhstan/Hungary: Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov visits Budapest (to January 29).

Turkey/Iran: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Tehran (to January 29).

Ukraine: An extraordinary session of Ukrainian parliament opens in Kyiv.

Ukraine/EU: A delegation of the European Parliament visits Kiev for talks amid ongoing protests spreading across Ukraine (to January 30).

U.S.: George Washington University hosts a discussion titled "Breaking the News: The Role of Authoritarian State-Run Media."

U.S.: President Barack Obama delivers his 2014 State of the Union address.

WEDNESDAY, January 29:

EU/Ukraine: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is scheduled to visit Kyiv.

Kazakhstan/Latvia: Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov visits Riga.

THURSDAY, January 30:

EU/Latvia: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton visits Riga.

FRIDAY, January 31:

Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan marks the 130th anniversary of the birth of Mammad Amin Rasulzade, the founder of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1918.

Balkans: The 20th anniversary of beginning of the RFE/RL broadcasting to countries of the former Yugoslavia.

Germany: The 50th Munich Security Conference opens (to February 2).

Iran: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to attend the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

World: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) releases new data on international arms production.

SATURDAY, February 1:

Iran: Tehran hosts the Fajr International Film Festival (to February 11).

UN: World Interfaith Harmony Week (to February 7).

SUNDAY, February 2:

Moldova: Autonomous Moldovan region of Gagauzia holds referendum, although a Moldovan court ruled that doing so is unconstitutional.

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