Photographer's Note

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.

From Wikipedia:
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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