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Donbass at a crossroad
kiev
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Jul 2014

With the fires of the Maidan protests fading in Kiev, the geopolitical wind, blowing from the North East, has sparked a revolutionary fire in the Ukrainian region of Donbass.

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Occupy Maidan 30
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
04 Feb 2014

A man of the activists's militia is guarding the barricaded entrance to the occupied Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) in Kiev, Ukraine on February 4th, 2014.

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Occupy Maidan 20
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
04 Feb 2014

Protesters persist on the occupied Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) in Kiev, Ukraine on February 4th, 2014.

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Occupy Maidan 55
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
03 Feb 2014

A masked protester is standing as a guard at the entrance of a Metro station at the occupied Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) in Kiev, Ukraine on February 3rd, 2014.

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Occupy Maidan 54
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
03 Feb 2014

Riot police guarding the so called "Frontline" in front of heavy barricades built by protesters on the Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) in Kiev, Ukraine on February 3rd, 2014.

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Occupy Maidan 56
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
03 Feb 2014

Riot police guarding the so called "Frontline" in front of heavy barricades built by protesters on the Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) in Kiev, Ukraine on February 3rd, 2014.

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Occupy Maidan 52
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
03 Feb 2014

A lasershow in the background of barricades surrounding the Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) in the center of Kiev, Ukraine on February 3rd, 2014.

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Occupy Maidan 53
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
03 Feb 2014

Catholic and Orthodox priests hold a public service at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the Independence Square occupied by political activists in Kiev, Ukraine on the evening of February 3rd, 2014.

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Veterans Protect Protesters in Maidan...
Kyiv, Ukraine
By lordcob
16 Dec 2013

One of the barricades built around Maidan Square. Barricades were reinforced and rebuilt after police forces tried to evacuate the camp in the night between 10th and 11th of December, shortly after the departure of the EU representative Catherine Ashton.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
15 Dec 2013

Andrei served in the Soviet Army for 19 months in Kabul, and doesn't understand why the unarmed students had to be attacked. "If they didn't attack so intensely, the protests would have dissolved" he adds. He says he first came to the protests to watch, but later he decided to stay and join their efforts. Even though he was forced to go to Afghanistan with the army at just 18 years old, he finds it important now he's standing up for his own people in his land: "Yanukovych isn't Ukraine, he is not representing us, he's just friends with a dictator: Putin. We want a democratic country where people have rights, like in other European countries."

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
15 Dec 2013

A defender of the barricades getting some advice from the Afghanistan Veterans. Next to the veterans, many of the other groups help defend Maidan Square. A central coordination doesn't exist among the protesters: the different groups just try and work together while protesting in the streets.

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Veterans Protect Protesters in Maidan...
Kyiv, Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

One of the barricades built around Maidan Square. Barricades were reinforced and rebuilt after police forces tried to evacuate the camp in the night between 10th and 11th of December, shortly after the departure of the EU representative Catherine Ashton.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

Natalia helps with food in the Veterans' headquarters. The tens of thousands of people who live in Maidan, make use of several occupied buildings that are full of volunteers performing various tasks in order to keep Maidan alive.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

A group of Afghanistan veterans bring a suspected provocateur to the police station. They believe that Yanukovych supporters got paid to be drunk and disruptive in order to be provocative in Maidan Square, hoping for a violent reaction. They believe that police will let him go after a few hours.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

Stanislav, 47, an Afghanistan's Veteran, talks with his son who also lives Maidan Square. His son was beaten by the police on the 30th of November and spent a week in the hospital before rejoining the protests.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

A group of Afghanistan's Veteran return to their tent after a night watch.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

One of the barricades built around Maidan Square. Barricades were reinforced and rebuilt after police forces tried to evacuate the camp in the night between 10th and 11th of December, shortly after the departure of the EU representative Catherine Ashton.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

A poster in a tent of Afghanistan's veterans says: "Mr. Yanukovych, go away!" memorial for all the people who have been injuried by Berkuts, a special unit of riot police known for its use of violence.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

A group of Afghanistan veterans bring a suspected provocateur to the police station. They believe that Yanukovych supporters pushed paid him to be drunk and provocative in Maidan, hoping for a violent reaction. They believe that police will let him free again in few hours.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

A independent group from the region of Khmelnytskyi, 200km from Kiev, helps the veterans and other people preparing food at all hours of the day and night.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

Oleg, 49, commander on the ground of the Afghanistan's Veterans. He was part of the Soviet Airborne Troops in Logar province, Afghanistan, between 1983 and 1985. Logar was one of the worst areas during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Oleg was chosen by other veteran as chief when he decided to join Maidan after the violence of police against the protesters on November 30. He doesn't know what will happen next. "Well," he adds, "we remain here and we will protect the people because we know the price of life, blood and death."

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

Alexander, 50, prepares himself for his team's night shift. He served throughout Syria with a small team of special forces between 1983 and 1984. He arrived in Maidan after the violence of the police on November 30 to protect the people. Since he has children, he wants them to grow up in a democratic country. "I am awaiting changes since our independence in 1991," he says, "Yanukovich when he had finally the possibility of joning Europe, he showed his real face."

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

One of the barricades built around Maidan Square. Barricades were reinforced and rebuilt after police forces tried to evacuate the camp in the night between the 10th and 11th of December, shortly after the departure of the EU representative Catherine Ashton.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

Alexander, 50, divides his team in smaller groups for the night watch. They will have to keep their eyes open for provocateurs, who might be sent in to disrupt the image of the protests at Maidan Square.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

A veteran places a flag saying "for Ukraine" on a newly built barricade in Madian Square. Barricades were reinforced and rebuilt after police forces tried to evacuate the camp in the night between 10th and 11th of December, shortly after the departure of the EU representative Catherine Ashton.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2012

One of the barricades built around Maidan Square. Barricades were reinforced and rebuilt after police forces tried to evacuate the camp in the night between 10th and 11th of December, shortly after the departure of the EU representative Catherine Ashton.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2012

Anatoli, 49, was in Bagram, Afghanistan between 1982 and 1984 with the Russian Airborne Troops. He lives in Vinnytsia, 150 km away from Kiev. He left his job to come to Maidan to protect his people. "I am here for my children," he says, "I am here from the beginning because my heart is here; I am here for Europe. I would really like my country to be like Germany with better democracy, better tribunals, better social system."

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2012

A poster in a tent of Afghanistan's Veterans says: "Mr. Yanukovych, go away!"

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2012

Natalia helps with food in the Veteran's headquarters. The tens of thousands of people who live in Maidan and several occupied buildings perform all sort of volounteer jobs to keep Maidan alive.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2012

Alexander, 50, prepares himself for his team's night shift. He served throughout Syria with a small team of special forces bewteen 1983 and 1984. He arrived in Maidan after the violence of the police on November 30 to protect the people. Since he has children, he wants them to grow up in a democratic country. "I am awaiting changes since our independence in 1991," he says, "Yanukovich when he had finally the possibility of joning Europe, he showed his real face. Now he has to go."

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2012

Alexander, 50, speaks into the radio during a night shift. He served all around Syria with a small team of special forces between 1983 and 1984. He arrived in Maidan after the violence of the police on the 30th of November to protect the people. Since he has children he wants them to grow in a democratic country. "I am awaiting changes since our independence in 1991," he says, "Yanukovich when he had finally the possibility of joning Europe, he showed his real face."