Memories of Maidan: Among the Titushky on Thursday, February 20, 2014 (photos/videos)

Memories of Maidan: Among the Titushky on Thursday, February 20, 2014 (photos/videos)

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By Jonathan Barrow, Brit on the Barricades
06.01.2014 Kyiv
Special Feature–Edited by Voices of Ukraine

1. Among the Titushky:

The word titushky is often translated into English as ‘rent-a-thug’ or similar. The main titushky camp in Kyiv was in Mariinsky Park, a five-minute walk from my flat. I spent a good many hours watching the titushky; trying at times to communicate with them–though, unfortunately, my Russian does not go far beyond the kind of slogans (‘Thanks for the dictatorship’ etc.) that I myself dislike.

Looked at from the outside, it might be tempting to write off the titushky as a monochrome bunch of brainless thugs. In reality, they were quite dispirate–and different types would come and go. Some were elderly–heavy and tired men and women bundled against the icy weather; trudging through the snow on the way to the shops. Others were little more than kids–out to…

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Oleksandr Turchynov: The main protection of Ukrainians is not weapons, but the ability to hear each other

Oleksandr Turchynov: The main protection of Ukrainians is not weapons, but the ability to hear each other

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06.11.2014, 10:34
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Today, the Parliament held a Prayer Breakfast under the auspices of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov with  representatives of churches, religious and public organizations of Ukraine, as well as foreign guests, diplomatic missions and the people’s deputies of Ukraine.

snidan5Addressing participants of the event, Oleksandr Turchynov said that the tradition of Prayer Breakfasts began its journey in the United States and “has sprouted good roots in Ukraine.” “Everyone who took part in the Prayer Breakfast felt commonality and unity which cannot be achieved artificially but only when people with different views and positions are united in a prayer to God,” he said.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada is convinced that when different leaders and politicians from different countries communicate together in prayer “they won’t be able to look through a scope or humiliate each other, but they will hear each other, which is extremely important.”


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Meet the new and democratic Mayor of Kherson

Meet the new and democratic Mayor of Kherson

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By Ivan Oberemko
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

The man in the photo is Volodymyr Mykolayenko. This picture was taken on February 18, 2014. The fire in the background is from the burning headquarters of the Party of Regions. After this, Volodymyr survived a night on Maidan, throwing tires into the forward barricades. The days he spent on the Kyiv Maidan were the only days he missed of the Kherson Maidan.

Today Mykolayenko became the official Mayor of Kherson. And for me, personally, it is still the only real, tangible result of Euromaidan which can be considered heavenly justice. Does [Petro] Poroshenko becoming President signify a victory? Not for me. If Yulia [Tymoshenko] had become the President, orOleh or Vitaliy [Klitschko]–I would have grimaced more. Is Chernovetsky’s people taking positions in Kyiv City Council the result of Euromaidan? No; it is the result of…

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EYEWITNESS: Muslims of Ukraine

EYEWITNESS: Muslims of Ukraine

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By Rayana Volha Charnykh
05.24.2014  Facebook
Translated and Edited by Voices of Ukraine

10402671_771724319534400_1394274647281884946_nI just came from Kyiv. And all I can say is that it was an amazing trip. Muslims in Ukraine are a true example for all Muslims. They work perfectly, are wonderfully organized, and are friendly and hospitable. Every time I come to Ukraine, whether Kyiv, Simferopol, or any other city, I feel myself to be at home. And all thanks to you, my dears.

In a relatively short time, Muslims in Ukraine were able to organize the work of several Islamic centers across the country. In Kyiv, it’s a huge five-story building, where there is a mosque, a large library, classrooms, sport halls, and there will be secondary school soon, inshallah.

Muslims in Ukraine actively supported the democratic changes in the country, providing all possible support to their countrymen and have always had a position…

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Mariupol Mothers and Grandmothers send terrorists a message

Mariupol Mothers and Grandmothers send terrorists a message

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Graffiti resistance in Mariupol, Ukraine.
Translation by William Risch edited by Euromaidan News in English editors:

“Gentlemen from the DNR (Donetsk People’s Republic)!
If just one shot is fired around our kindergarten, we’ll remove you and your barricades!
–Mothers and Grandmothers”


Source: Mariupol City Website

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Two weeks held captive by terrorists

Two weeks held captive by terrorists

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Maria Lebedeva Maria Lebedeva

By Maria Lebedeva
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
All photos by Maria Lebedeva

Milana was held captive for 14 days. She seems to be smiling at all times, but in reality she suffers from severe headaches, she cannot look at the light. She is constantly short of breath. During her capture, Milana was constantly beaten and injected with unknown substances, and her arms bear signs of the injections. There, in the torture room, she saw other captives, the men who were called the “Right Sector” (just like Milana) by the kidnappers. Their fate is unknown at the present moment.

The young woman is a professional photographer, a concerned citizen. This winter, she came to Maidan, like so many other Ukrainians. She came to Donetsk to talk to locals and “see everything with her own eyes.” On May 5, she was grabbed in downtown Donetsk and…

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On the Current Situation in Ukraine

On the Current Situation in Ukraine

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By Stanislav Rechynskyy
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

All of these Girkins, Borodai‘s and other scum will eventually melt away back to Russia. And we will have to live with everything that has happened. With all of our dead. With our soldiers and our ‘vatniks.’ And if the Girkins had not come here, the ‘vatniks’ would have lived here until a ripe old age voting for various Dobkins; and no-one would have killed them for it. There are many people in this world who have ants in their brains. Kyiv citizens voted for Chernovetskyi twice; did anyone kill them for it? No-one would have killed the ‘vatniks’ either. But then the Girkins came. The posers and the mercenaries, the political strategists and the military experts. And seduced the ‘little ones,’ the ‘sorrowful souls;’ but still our own fellow citizens, brothers and sisters. Scared them…

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Film Director Oleg Sentsov: “My country, for whose freedom I fought, will not abandon me.”

Film Director Oleg Sentsov: “My country, for whose freedom I fought, will not abandon me.”

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By Halya Coynash
06.05.14 kharkiv human rights protection group

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Dmitry Dinze, lawyer representing Oleg Sentsov, the well-known Ukrainian film director, has said that Russia’s FSB used torture to extract testimony from his client.  The FSB are claiming that Sentsov, together with three other people from the Crimea, was involved in a terrorist plot.  All four have been active in peacefully protesting against Russia’s invasion and annexation of the Crimea. Sentsov was also active in the AutoMaidan movement.

Dinze has told RBK that the FSB prevented him from seeing Sentsov for two weeks so that the bruises would have time to disappear.  On June 4 he lodged a complaint with the Investigative Committee demanding that a criminal investigation be initiated against the enforcement officers who he accuses of beating and threatening his client and exceeding their powers.

The complaint states that a plastic bag was pulled over…

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‘Luhansk Will Never Be The Same Again’: In Kyiv, A Blogger Reflects On His Native City

‘Luhansk Will Never Be The Same Again’: In Kyiv, A Blogger Reflects On His Native City

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By RFE/RL’s Russian Service
Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty
Based on an interview by RFE/RL’s Russian Service.
Translated by Luke Johnson in Washington.

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Amid the two-month occupation by separatist forces in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk and subsequent military campaign by the central government, thousands have fled for other parts of Ukraine. The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that 10,000 civilians have been internally displaced after the occupation of Crimea by Russian forces and subsequent fighting in eastern Ukraine.

At least one-third of them are children, and some of them have been displaced twice after fleeing Crimea for the east, according to the UNHCR. Forty-five percent of them have settled in the center of the country, while 26 percent went to western Ukraine. As Maxim Eristavi writes in “The New Republic,”the problem is invisible since internally displaced people blend in easily in…

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