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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 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

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 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...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2012

Brothers Ruslan and Vladislav Goncharov (41 and 44 years old respectively) sing the national anthem. They have been here for 12 days. They arrived as soon as they saw a video of innocent students beaten by Berkuts, Golden Eagles, a section of riot police well-known for their use of violence. "We couldn't stand it," they say, "we knew we had to protect our younger people, we came here and we found other veterans like us. We formed a group and we are now always in the frontline if police try to invade the square as they did few days ago. I had a Berkut in front of me and I told him, that the military motto is 'Serve your country' not to serve your president."

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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."