Saturday, 9 February 2019

Maidan Nezalezhnosti

Ladies, gentleman and horses. Welcome to Maidan Nezalezhosti, the Independence Square, the place where everything important to Kyiv and Ukraine has started.

This is the square where you can see the monument of three brothers Kyi, Shchek, Khoryv and their sister Lybid. According to the Primary Chronicle, they were the founders of the medieval city of Kyiv.

It is also a place where the Revolution on Granite has started in 1990 and lead to Ukrainian Independence in 1991.

It is the place where under the Lach Gates (meaning Polish Gate), another remaining from the medieval times, the Orange Revolution started in 2004.

And this is the place where the last revolution, the Euromaidan errupted and run to the successful changes.

Just under the 61 meter high Independence Monument everyone can read and recall what was happening here in January and February 2014.

With the pictures you can easily imagine the dramaturgy and determination of the people fighting for their freedom.

Unfortunately over 100 fighters perished. One of the first ones was Serhiy Nigoyan, depicted now on a mural on of the nearby buildings.

Altogether 130 people lost their lives, including 112 civilians. They are called the Heaven's Hundred.

Fortunately the freedom won and today there is also a place to celebrate the Love on the Maidan. This is the emotion that we all should feel leaving this place.

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