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As I leave Vietnam in 2008 I move temporarily to Ukraine in 2011 with a photo that is quite different from what I usually show here.

This is a view towards Maydan Nezalezhnosti, Independence Square, in Kiev, capital of Ukraine. This was my very first photo in Ukraine, taken a few minutes after I had checked into my hotel. I stepped onto my tiny balcony to admire the view from my very well placed hotel. Below me was the main street, Khreshchatyk, and just a block to the right I saw the famous Independence Square.

Maydan Nezalezhnosti was the centre of the "Orange revolution" in late 2004 and early 2005, when hundreds of thousands of people gathered for several weeks to protest against cheating in the presidential elections. Viktor Yanukovych, who had been declared the winner, had to accept new elections which were then won by his rival Viktor Yushchenko.

Now, nine years later, Yanukovych is president after all and has now decided to call off an agreement of cooperation with the European Union. Once again hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in this square to call for a free and democratic Ukraine, facing western Europe, instead of a corrupt state dependent on Russia.

Maydan Nezalezhnosti covers a much larger area than can be seen here. It stretches for several hundred metres on both sides of Khreshchatyk Boulevard.

For my second photo in Ukraine I turned left and pointed my camera towards the northern end of Khreshchatyk, where now thousands of pro-government demonstrators have gathered at the Evropeyska Square. You can see that shot as a workshop.

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