Ukrainian citizens, young and old, are currently involved in a tumultuous revolution in the capital city of Kiev. The protestors first began their anti-government demonstrations in late November, following President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to withdraw the nation from a landmark trade pact with the European Union. Since then, they’ve had growing clashes with the police, escalating with time and rage on both sides.
The rest of the world has been fairly unaware of the details and extremities of the situation until recently. Through various social media platforms, many activists and civilians have been able to share their firsthand experience of the fight. Actually, Instagram has been a powerful tool for Ukrainians to document the crowds of protestors, the barricades of police officials cloaked in protective gear, plumes of smoke blinding all parties involved in the struggle, and the explosive backdrop that is now the fiery state of Independence Square.
One photographer in particular, Ilya Varlamov, has been keeping record of the protests through his blog. He says, “The scenery in Kiev is scary. Black smoke, burning barricades and constant explosions. Berkut's [Ukrainian SWAT] flashbangs and the protestors' fireworks explode in the streets. Each side is shooting at the other and there are already first casualties (2 to 5 based on different sources).”
An English translation of Varlamov’s full firsthand account of the revolution is available on PetaPixel and goes into great detail about the current standings in Kiev amidst the rallies.
Top photo: Ilya Varlamov