Photo: Maksym Liukov. 19 February 2014
After the Euromaidan revolution, Ukrainian photographers united to create a photo project to remember the events of 2013-2014 which changed Ukraine’s course of history. Titled HUMAN FACTOR. LAST EDITION, it showcases the ordinary Ukrainians who took part in the protests in Kyiv. Many heroically withstood the riot police attacks on the camp of the protesters. Some fell in the uneven battle and are remembered as heroes. On the fifth anniversary of Euromaidan’s victory, HUMAN FACTOR. LAST EDITION is making these historical images available online, many for the first time.
Here we share them, and the words of the project’s creators.
The project HUMAN FACTOR. LAST EDITION is dedicated to the ordinary people who made a Revolution and opened possibilities for change in Ukraine.
Our photos show People with Dignity, who gave a chance for change to all of you.
These photos were on the barricades of Euromaidan – the first copies were burned during the days of the assaults, some were torn up by the Berkut riot police.
So ended three waves of this exposition. The next waves are the waves of memory. We want to remind you how it all was.
Before, these photos were under the open sky. Now they will live on the Internet.
Together with the memories of the eyewitnesses of those events – the photographers.
We know that the real participants of those events don’t need additional memories – those days are still before the eyes of many of them.
As well as the faces of those who we call the Heaven’s Hundred [roughtly 100 protesters who were killed during Euromaidan – Ed.].
We remember that many of those who voted for the “dictatorial laws” of 16 January 2014 are still in Parliament, having entered it after the Revolution of Dignity.
We remember how Ukraine’s vector changed abruptly, as a result of which the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement was not signed in November 2013.
We remember the night of 29-30 November 2013, when the students were battered, the night of the assault on Euromaidan on 10-11 December, the Parliamentary dictator’s day on 16 January 2014, and as a result – the “Fiery Epiphany” with Molotov Cocktails on 19 January, the first deaths on 22 January, and the apogee on 18-20 January 2014, the days of the Heaven’s Hundred.
We remember how the MPs convened on 20 February and how they searched for votes to make emergency decisions.
We want you to remember this all as well.
Some of the authors of the exposition are no longer alive. Viktor Hurniak (October 2014) and Serhiy Nikolaiev (February 2015) were killed on the front in Donbas.
These photos were shown in many cities of Ukraine, as well as in Germany, France, Luxembourg, Poland.
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