Anatomy of Maidan. Virtual tour of the protesters’ grounds

2014/01/30 • News

00s Anatomy of Maidan. Virtual tour of the protesters groundsKyiv is relatively calm now, so it’s just the right time to study Maidan in detail. Almost everybody has heard that word, but not everybody imagines how everything works here. Now the protesters occupy Kyiv’s center – Maidan Nezalezhnosti square, almost all of Khreschatyk (the main street), European square and some of the adjacent streets. A few administrative buidings have been captured; in them, heating and medical help centers have been established, as well as stations for accepting and redistributing clothes and other items. There are hundreds of tents on the streets, in which the activists that have come to Kyiv from all over the country live.

Maidan is astonishingly well organized. This is a small government in itself. It has its own army, storehouses with weapons (glass bottles, sticks, stones), food, it has its own internal press, stores, and, of course, Maidan protects its own boundaries very well. All the approaches are reliably protected from assault by high barricades. At first glance, Maidan resembles a strict regime colony – watchtowers, barbed wire, guards everywhere. Maidan’s defense divisions are well armed with sticks, chains, and bottles with fuel. Within their ranks genuine army discipline is exercised. They march and in their free time learn the art of street fighting. All the defenders are divided into Sotnias (squads), each Sotnia has a commander, sanitary assistant, and even standard-bearer. Maidan has everything that is necessary for life. You can get free food and assistance, if anything happens you will get medical aid. Many people came here two months ago and stayed. Living conditions are, quite naturally, bad. Toilets are the of the usual street cabin type, fires in barrels are for getting warm, and cold tents are for sleeping. I am confident that after the political crisis in Ukraine is resolved a part of Maidan should be covered by a glass dome and made into a museum. Maidan is a Kyiv tourist attraction, and part of it must be retained for the future generations. This is real art.  Let’s begin with the map. I colored Maidan’s territory in pink. Barricades are red lines. The black numbers are numbers of the photos on which these barricades are pictured. I hope orientation will be easier with the map.

anatomy map Anatomy of Maidan. Virtual tour of the protesters grounds

And it’s about time somebody made a virtual tour of Maidan.

01. One of the main barricades on Institutska street. It was stormed a couple of times, and it’s the most reinforced. Pay attention that at the approaches to the barricade ropes have been strung, then “hedgehogs’, then barrels, and only after that does the five-meter barricade come.

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02. View from the top. Pay attention, at the left we have a couple belts of obstacles.

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03. The view from the defenders’ side.

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04. A very serious construction, I don’t think a bulldozer would be able to take it down. There is a joke that the only way to take Maidan is to bomb it from the air.

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05. The barricades have become Kyiv’s tourist attraction, tourists and locals take photographs next to them.

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06. The other barricade on Khreschatyk. It also has a couple of belts of defense.

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07. The barricade itself, then a buffer zone, and a fence with barbed wire.

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08. All of Maidan’s perimeter is well protected against invasion. I will not be surprised if at one time mine fields will appear around Maidan ) Maybe they are there already? icon wink Anatomy of Maidan. Virtual tour of the protesters grounds

08 Anatomy of Maidan. Virtual tour of the protesters grounds09. Sidewalks are blocked.

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10. Tires with barbed wire. In case of invasion all this is set on fire.

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11.

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12. The signs say “Please understand us — we are fed up”; “If you kill us you will have to live with it for the rest of your life”

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13. There are strict rules at the barricades. The exit and entrance are set apart to different sides of the streets, so the pedestrian flows do not intersect. Multiple defenders keep order.

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14. Exit

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15. Entrance [Sign says "We are brothers with Russians by blood, but never by slavery. A Sevastopol citizen"]

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16. Another entrance on Maidan Nezalezhnosti square. Pay attention to the donation box. Such boxes stand at each entrance.

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17. A watchtower)

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18. On January 23 Maidan’s territory had expanded, and now one of the barricades is standing right near the metro station “Khreshatyk”

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19. Half of the lobby is stacked with sacks. The people are warming themselves in the metro. The metro employees are sympathetic towards the protesters.

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20. The metro itself works as usual.

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21. The barricades are 4-5 meters in height.

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22. All the cobblestones on the streets are dismantled and turned into projectiles.

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23. At the foot of each barricade stones lie in case of attack.

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24. Another interesting moment. In case of attack all the approaches to the barricades are covered with ice, and only a narrow passage is left for the people. A huge ice rink is now in front of the barricade.

24 Anatomy of Maidan. Virtual tour of the protesters grounds25. Another barricade.

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26.

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27. Sometimes a very narrow passage is left for the people. One person can hardly pass. Accessibility for fat people is now limited.

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28. All the stores inside Maidan are undamaged and, if they desire, work as usual. In the course of two months there have no reports of looting.

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29. A defender. Sign says: “Please excuse the incovenience. Country under reconstruction”.

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31. And how would you assault such a barricade? ) Only with tanks.

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32. The underground passages are mostly blocked to prevent attacks from underground.

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33. The famous barricades on Hrushevskogo. I wrote about them many times, and will not repeat myself. Here all the clashes take place.

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35. Tents on Khreschatyk

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36. Earlier only cars drove here, now it’s all for pedestrians )

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37. Maidan’s center. 37 Anatomy of Maidan. Virtual tour of the protesters grounds

38. People, tents, flags. And it’s been like that for two months.

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39. There is a stage in the center, from which somebody speaks or performs virtually 24/7.

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40. The tents of political activists.

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41. Tents of ordinary activists. Signs say: “A Ukrainian nationalist is a state of the soul, regardless of language!”, “I am a Russian-speaking Ukrainian nationalist. Down with the gang!”, “Mariupol, Yenakieyevo, Donetsk [cities of the Eastern regions of Ukraine] ”

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42. Most of the time this camp resembles slums. Only they’re clean slums with many flags.

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43. There is free passage through Maidan and ordinary Kyiv locals are used to it and go though it to work and to shops.

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44. More tents. Most tents have signs saying from which region the activists are. In this one, people from Chernivtsi live.

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45. Sign says: “The self-defense needs!!! Shields, bullet-proof vests, protective gear”.

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46. Warming station. Pay attention to the shields at the entrance

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47. People get warm around barrels and self-made furnaces.

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48. Near the House of Trade Unions there is a wall of remembrance for the victims

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49. Press-center

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50. Everywhere there are caricatures and political posters.

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51. Modern art. Graffiti says “Grushevskogo cocktail”.

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52. Agitation.

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53. Coordination tent of the 1st sotnia, a subdivision of Maidan’s Self-defense army

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55. Often somebody brings firewood, food, and medicine. Near the entrances there are many volunteers helping with unloading.

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56.

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57. Food is prepared in special places. Mostly borscht is made. Sign says “Euroborscht”.

57 Anatomy of Maidan. Virtual tour of the protesters grounds58. Porridge is made

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60. Borscht is poured into cups

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61.

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62.

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63. Buckwheat, potatoes, or macaroni with meat.

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64. Sandwiches.

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65. Everywhere boxes with cigarettes stand.

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66. Amusingly, all the food kiosks, all the cafes and mobile coffee shops work as they always had. That means you can either get free borscht in Maidan’s canteen or buy a doner in a kiosk. And nobody chases away the dealers, on the contrary, business is going well due to the large amount of people in the center.

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67.

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68. Snow packed from the street is gathered into sacks. The sacks are used to build barricades. It’s important for the snow to be dense. Such sacks are rock-like and go into place well.

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69. Sometimes the sacks are filled with ordinary snow.

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70. Open snow mine.

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71. If the snow is loose, it’s poured over with water to turn it into ice. After the sacks are stacked on the barricades, they are also poured over with water.

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72. A defender’s club.

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73.

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74. Maidan has long become a local attraction. Magnets with photographs and political attributes are sold everywhere.

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75.

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76. Not a single Christmas tree decoration was stolen [the sign says “no stealing! You’re not Yanukovych, are you?!!].

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Maidan is 24/7 and permanent! [Sign says Revolution is 24/7! Don’t sleep! Don’t abandon your own guys in the morning! ]

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Translated from Ilya Varlamov’s Live Journal by Alya Shandra

Note. As it later turned out, Ilya Varlamov did an original translation of his material on his LJ

He also has some more Maidan material:

The other side of Maidan – about the Berkut

Revolution in Kiev, Ukraine 

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  • APress

    I have been on the Front Line for over 3 weeks and you have done a good job.
    There is so much more to do however.I have been shot and hit by projectiles and endured sleeping on the floors etc.I am proud to be part of this and a witness.IT has been dificult , but the truth must be told !

  • Kalyna Hanover

    Amazing. ..organized..peaceful…collaborative
    ..no looting…proud of my fellow Ukies.

  • https://www.facebook.com/osteneck Ursula Osteneck

    Wonderfully written narrative. Makes my heart painful: I walked and visited these streets a few months before this strife, God Bless

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  • http://talithakumblog.wordpress.com Talitha Kum

    I don’t know why, but a great deal of photographs won’t load. It’s a great article! Thank you!

    • chornajuravka

      Try it again, fixed it

      • http://talithakumblog.wordpress.com Talitha Kum

        yeah, works now!

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  • https://www.facebook.com/slava.ukraina.14 Slava Ukraina

    Thanks a lot from all of us. We appreciate a lot a see an objective portrait of our revolution here, especially coming from a russian citizen. I pray many russians will see it and understand as written that even if we are brothers by blood, we will never be by slavery. We want and have the right to live in our country, in peace and under a democratic and fair government. God bless you.

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  • Artur

    I was in Kyiv in 2004 during Orange revolution. During the time I stayed there (3 weeks) maidan was always filled with amazing atmosphere and genuine people. I know the people of Ukraine will topple the dictator. RAZOM DO PEREMOGY!!!

  • Alex Johnson

    Impressive set of photos documenting your struggle…best wishes from Bristol, UK

  • http://bumblepuppies.wordpress.com bumblepuppies

    Excellent collection of photos. Based on the people I met when I spent time in eastern Europe a while back, I have a feeling the protesters have what it takes to succeed.

    Best of luck to you all.

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    This sure puts a different perspective on the upcoming games….

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    well done and good luck, I guess I can not say much more.

  • http://homethatwebuilt.wordpress.com Jouena

    Thank you for the extensive photo- reportage. Great job! Appreciated. Keep it up!

  • http://robertlampros.wordpress.com robertlampros

    What a beautiful city. I’m sorry about your hardship. I’ll be praying for you, for peace and healing.

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    Go on greetings from german taunusblogger

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    I love your mention of borscht! Do you have a favorite?

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    Я надеюсь, что Янукович наведёт порядок.

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    Amazing.

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    wow you did a great job of giving us a walk through. It is always eye opening to see how much of the world struggles when America is just relaxing in luxury. But things will soon change here I believe. God must judge our nation for all of its filth and injustice. I pray that Jesus Christ is with you all there, and visits many as they struggle in the cold. I pray that He would open many eyes and give them life.

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    I can’t begin to express my admiration for the people of Kiev, and if it was possible I would join you tomorrow in your struggle for justice and self determination. Follow Poland’s example and don’t stop now.

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    good

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    Amazing!!

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    We want to wish the people of Ukraine all the best in these difficult times. We drink for your health!

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    . Yall are so smart. Dont i can smell the fire. Dont stand in the smoke bb

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    Y am i feeling this way .are you okay???????????.

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    Im under red wave alert

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    I enjoyed reading your post, it is very insightful and educative. The pictures by themselves tell the story, nice job!

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    Great article…admirer from India…I can sense our Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology here,. Best of luck..!!!

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    Inspiring. It fills me with hope that the people can achieve and overcome anything. My thoughts are with you.

  • Marta Birchard

    Never give up, stand up to the criminals that keep Ukraine enslaved! My heart goes out to you.

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  • Arlene Kowalchuk

    This is totally dumbfounding on how people are able to gather resources to make a difference while fighting for democracy. I’m so afraid that once the Olympics are over Putin is going to send his goons to annihilate the efforts for true independence of Ukrainian.

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    Wow! This is an amazing look at something our news dose not talk enough about.

  • http://luvsiesous.wordpress.com Wayne

    I have been to Maidan!

    I pray for Ukraine. Do not let Europe enslave you!

    Wayne
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  • http://luvsiesous.wordpress.com Wayne

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    Friends,

    Our news wants bloodshed ….

    Ukrainians want their country to be truly free Ukraine … Just like Americans want ….

    Pray for Ukraine!

    Wayne
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    Incredible photos of an incredible revolution.

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    Thank you for this article.
    Amazing photo’s.

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