Since Sunday demonstration in which several hundred thousand people participated downtown Kyiv has changed considerably – Paweł Pieniążek (Krytyka Polityczna / Political Critique) from Kyiv.
The largest protest, since the Orange Revolution, started on December 1st under Taras Shevchenko statue and reached Independence Square. Despite the large numbers gathered it wasn’t the march itself that was the most important but the events that took place in the vicinity.
Вавилон’13 — це територія документального кіна. Територія фіксації подій українського громадянського протесту.
Babylon’13 is a territory of documentary cinematography. A territory where events of Ukrainian civil protest are being captured.
Відео було записано на Михайлівській площі 30 листопада.
This video was shot at the Mykhaylivska square on November 30.
Michał Sutowski: Ukraine didn’t sign the Association Agreement – does this mean that we’ve finally lost the battle for ‘Western’ Ukraine? Is Ukraine condemned to Russian domination, can it proceed further with the ‘bi-directional policy’, or has perhaps nothing yet been decided?
Ivan Krastev: It is still very unclear who has won, who has lost, and how long for. What is clear is that Viktor Yanukovych’s strategy of balancing between the EU and Russia has collapsed. For two decades the major objective of different Ukrainian leaders was to avoid a final choice between Brussels and Moscow but Ukraine’s failure to built a functional and responsive state makes the status quo unsustainable.
Sławomir Sierakowski's article was published in openDemocracy
The European Union has let itself be outplayed by Russia in the struggle over Ukrainian integration. The EU Partnership Summit in Vilnius did not result in the signing of the Association Agreement with Ukraine. It is hard to believe that all it took was so open and primitive a ploy as the embargo imposed by Russia on certain Ukrainian goods several days ago.
Oleksiy Radynski's article was originally published in Opinion Daily on Dec. 1
As I am writing this it is still not clear how the, increasingly unpredictable after bloody dispersal of Maidan, demonstrations and riots in Kyiv will end. There is no certainty whether the regime will enforce a monthly ban on assemblies in downtown Kyiv which was ruled by an impartial Ukrainian court on the night of Saturday to Sunday. There is no certainty whether the national strike called for by opposition leaders will become reality. Besides there is no certainty if leaders of opposition parties are able to take over the grassroots protest or will they be rightfully toppled along with the Yanukovych regime during a citizen revolution.
Pro-European Union demonstrations were subsiding. Now the authorities gave a reason to still come out on the streets – Paweł Pieniążek (Krytyka Polityczna / Political Critique) from Kyiv.
On Saturday morning, November 30th, Berkut special militia units dispersed Euromaidan. On the Independence Square there were at the time few hundred people. – There were about ten Berkut members per demonstrator – says a sixty year old Serhiy from Kyiv who was at the Square.
Michał Sutowski: Yesterday [December 1st] at protests in Kyiv you were hit pretty badly. What happened actually?
Paweł Pieniążek, correspondent of Political Critique’s Opinion Daily (Dziennik Opinii Krytyki Politycznej): We were on Maidan with the largest group of protesters when news arrived that something is happening on Bankova Street, that they are going to storm the Presidential Administration building.
Who is going to storm?
Good question. I was said that it might be some provocateurs but according to my observations those were rather regular protesters, among them many nationalists. The Administration building on Bankova Street was surrounded by Berkut – militia special units. Behind their lines there were two buses forming something of a barricade. Bottles, flares and cobblestones from a quickly dismantled sidewalk were hurled at them. The protesters were driving up with a bulldozer but they were unable to break the lines. Police threw gas. I kneeled down and tried to cover my face with a scarf. I saw people running, I got up, turned around – and I had Berkut on one side and a kiosk on the other. I took out my press card and shouted that I’m a journalist…
Sławomir Sierakowski's article was published in "The New York Times".
Some time ago, our slightly crazy national hero, Lech Walesa, the Solidarity leader from the 1980s, and a man always full of surprises, announced that Poland and Germany should unite into one country, under the name “Europe.” As Freud noted, gaffes can help us discern intentions hidden to us.