I was going by the promenade by Danube when I saw these woodden crosses. It is a sytmbolic cemetery of the victims of Euromaidan. According to the informations about everyone, all these people were shot in 20-21 February 2014. I was moved seeing it, 107 families lost their fathers, brothers, sons. They wanted just better life for the Ukrainian nation. I was in Ukraine and in Crimea, and I saw how hard the life is there. So I feel sympathy for Ukrainians.
Euromaidan (/ˌjʊərɵmaɪˈdɑːn/; Ukrainian: Євромайдан, Yevromaidan, literally "Eurosquare") was a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine, which began on the night of 21 November 2013 with public protests in Maidan Nezalezhnosti ("Independence Square" in Kiev) demanding closer European integration. The scope of the protests expanded, with many calls for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych and his government. The protests ultimately led to the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. Many protesters joined because of the violent dispersal of protesters on 30 November and "a will to change life in Ukraine". By 25 January 2014, the protests had been fuelled by the perception of "widespread government corruption", "abuse of power", and "violation of human rights in Ukraine".
The protests reached a climax during mid-February. On 18 February, the worst clashes of Euromaidan broke out after the parliament did not accede to demands that the Constitution of Ukraine be rolled back to its pre-2004 form, which would lessen presidential power. Police and protesters fired guns, with both live and rubber ammunition, in multiple locations in Kiev. The riot police advanced towards Maidan later in the day and clashed with the protesters but did not fully occupy it. The fights continued through the following days, in which the vast majority of casualties took place. On the night of February 21, Maidan vowed to go into armed conflict if Yanukovych did not resign by 10:00 PM. Subsequently, the riot police retreated and Yanukovych and many other high government officials fled the country.
I dedicate this photo to Leszek Imielski.
This dedication is also symbolic. He will not thank for it . Leszek supports the Ukraine in the way that he documents photographically all the related events in Warsaw - meetings of Ukrainians, concerts, protests and so on. One such photo on TE was removed and he was banned for a month. But before this month passed his account was disabled by moderators and all photos are gone.
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PiotrF (16690) 2014-06-18 14:28
Pewnie tez usuna to Twoje zdjecie. Nie rozumiem tego, w koncu to domena com a nie ru. Czyz nie mozna pokazac tego co tkwi w naszych sercach, czy chocby odrobiny zwyklego czlowieczenstwa i wspolczucia.
Tragedia wielu rodzin, tragedia całego narodu widocznie tu na portalu nie ma prawa zaistniec. Przykre to.
Sprawdzilem, faktycznie wszystkie zdjecia Leszka sa usuniete, a szkoda bo pokazal tu wiele ciekawych miejsc w sposob niebanalny, nietuzinkowy, z technicznymi smaczkami ktorych mozna sie uczyc. Z przyjemnoscia ogladalem jego folio, czesto wracajac do poszczegolnych fotografii...
bardzo zasmucila mnie ta informacja
jcpix (13908) 2014-06-18 17:12
I was wondering what happened with Les, thanks for filling us in. Fortunately, I'm able to still follow him on FB...even if I can't read the text!? :) A nice dedication, and one which I'm sure he acknowledges in spirit, since he can't actually respond in kind on this forum.
A thought provoking image, and one which should not be repeated...but I'm afraid that is only wishful thinking for humanity. A lovely and emotional display, despite whatever personal beliefs on the situation, this is a hard reminder of the worst possible outcome. I know it's a sensitive subject, but a topical issue that deserves attention. Take good care. All the best.
photoray (13981) 2014-06-18 17:49
Honorable tribute to the tragedies in Ukraine. When wood crosses are placed tightly together, it impresses the reality of all the needless deaths.
Thanks for sharing,
PS: Instead of sleeping on the ground, I now sleep in campers, cabins, or hotels. Being a senior has its advantages. And the Eastern Sierra Nevada has many places to stay and venture out on day trips. Many of the roads climb into the heart, some over 10,000 feet above sea level.
rychem (34059) 2014-06-18 21:25
Chyba takie proste krzyże robią większe wrażenie niż okazałe pomniki, nie wiem, czy ludzie chcą jeszcze pamiętać o tych świeżych grobach, to smutne
holmertz (50782) 2014-06-19 2:33
I should comment on this before a moderator sees it:-). It's a good photo of the long lines of symbolic crosses, which can also be seen as an artistic installation, a kind of street-art. It's a good tribute to those Ukrainians who were killed on behalf of the nationalistic Russian government that doesn't accept that former Soviet republics stake out a different future for themselves.
kasianowak (8699) 2014-06-19 4:43
Dobrze, ze poruszylas ten temat. Tu, w UK, wydaje sie, ze media juz zupelnie zapomnialy o Ukrainie, mimo ze tam sie ciagle tyle dzieje.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-19 4:50
TE is not just about the Earth but also about its history and inhabitants. This is image is moving, thought provoking and a sad reminder that not all of its inhabitants want to live in peace and harmony. Photo journalism at its most powerful and a poignant dedication to Les.
macjake (66648) 2014-06-22 10:29
Oh my goodness, when i read your comment about Les being banned from TE i didn't realize you ment Leszek!
I am so saddened to hear that!
I don't even know what to say...
certainly a thought provoking type of post, but when it comes to relegion, politics etc...sometimes it a risk to make personal commentary on such topics.
a fine dedication post Malgo