Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ukraine of February

In response to anti-protest laws in Ukraine (announced on 16 January 2014 and enacted on 21 January 2014), a standoff between protesters and police began on 19 January 2014 that was precipitated by a series of riots in central Kiev on Hrushevskoho Street, outside Dynamo Stadium and adjacent to the ongoing Euromaidan protests.

During a Euromaidan rally which gathered up to 200,000 protesters, participants marched on the Verkhovna Rada and were met by police cordons. Following a tense stand-off, violence started as police confronted protesters. Since this time, protesters have erected blockades to prevent government troop movement. Four protesters have been confirmed dead in the ongoing clashes with police, three of whom were shot.

On 28 January 2014, 9 of the 12 anti-protest laws were repealed and Prime Minister Mykola Azarov tendered his resignation and a bill offering amnesty to arrested and charged protesters was issued. On 14 February 2014, groups responsible for organizing the standoff agreed to partially unblock the street to restore traffic, but maintain the barricades and ongoing protests. Following the amnesty of protesters on 16 February 2014, police and protesters mutually receded while allowing a corridor for traffic. This lasted until 18 February 2014, when thousands marched on parliament once again, reestablishing Hrushevskoho Street and related streets in a new standoff with police. By the 19 February 2014, all barricades had been cleared from the streets and protesters pushed back. (via Wkipeidia)

Here's a small collection of analog photographs showing barricades, fires, and persistent demonstrations in Kiev, Ukraine in February of 2014.

Photo by Artem Nadyozhin

Photo by Artem Nadyozhin

Photo by Vitaliy Paladiychuk

Photo by Vitaliy Paladiychuk

Photo by Vitaliy Paladiychuk

Photo by Vitaliy Paladiychuk

Photo by Vitaliy Paladiychuk

Photo by Vitaliy Paladiychuk

Photo by Vitaliy Paladiychuk

*Bonus: a photograph below showing an European photojournalist with a large format camera in the war zone.

Photo by Mark Estabrook

*Photos from Artem Nadyozhin, Vitaliy Paladiychuk and Mark Estabrook, via Flickr.

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