|Trades Union Building eleven weeks after being set fire to during the protests|
Normally our blog is about rail travel and not politics. But today on the eve of the special presidential election in Ukraine I am going to touch briefly on what I saw and experienced in Ukraine during this tumultuous time. While in Kiev on the 6th of May I wandered down to the Maidan Nezalezhnosti to see for myself the heart of a revolution that had begun in late November 2013.
Since the protests on the Maidan peaked in late February the majority of the media has focused on the ongoing conflicts in other parts of Ukraine and simultaneously has glossed over the continued occupation of the Maidan by a civil militia opposite business as usual in downtown Kiev.
|One of many memorials to the fallen. photographs are displayed on the side of this occupiers tent|
|A barricaded encampment, yet open to pedestrians|
|"Glory to Ukraine" crowded out by a street vendors wares|
|A destroyed riot control truck has become a donation center for those wishing to financially support the protesters|
It was a unique experience to walk through the square and talk to members of the "Guardians of the Maidan", many of whom have been here since December. Their spirits were high, but they were also nervous about violence from Russian or Russian leaning groups and disruptions of the special election.
|Katerina repairing her bullet proof vest|
With friends in and from both Ukraine and Russia it saddens me to see these events. Here's to a peaceful election and an end to the violence in Ukraine.