Fighting in the center of Kiev has been lasting for two months already. Within this period of time Maidan has learnt to build barricades and to attack “Berkut” fighters. Initially they used cobblestones, now they throw Molotov coktails and apply blinding lasers. Oppositionists equip themselves with helmets, medical and gas masks, respirators. Tourist carpets and planks are used to make protection for legs and arms. Sometimes even bows, axes and spears can be seen. Rather exotic.
The launching trebuchet made by oppositionists stood only half a day and soon was destroyed by police. In the recent days the situation has been coming out of control. More and more it looks like real combat actions.
To suppress the rebellion policemen make use of stun and gas grenades, some types of gas sprays, batons, pump-action shotguns shooting with rubber bullets and shrapnel.
Bullets made use of are different as well as degrees of injury they cause.
Oppositionists’ wepoans: traumatic and airsoft guns.
Tear gas and stun grenades of the Kiev police.
Grenade of the oppositionists.
They have a lot of them.
Like in Russia many fighters buy boots for their own money.
And they may have absolutely different boots.
Some compassionate citizens bring foam pieces and planks in order the fighters do not stand on ice.
In daytime the fighting abates, the most active attacks happen at night. The most aggressive is a so-called “right sector” represented by Ukrainian nationalists.
The main weapon of oppositionists – cobblestones.
In the morning battlefields look like this.
That very launching trebuchet.
Pyrotechnics is also used to attack.
It is often attached by such metal sticks.
Some oppositionists have really good protective equipment.
All bats are sold out in the city.
Some strange device.
What is he going to do with this?
Extinguished vehicles have become entirely frozen.
They garb all they can.
The barricades they have learnt to build are rather good.
Such helmet is the best head protection.
Such nets can catch grenades of “Berkut”.
Famous Maidan knights!
Helmets are fixed on heads with adhesive tape.
The wrench and the bat will be used for attack.
Respirators protect from gas.
Pensioners and women also should protect themselves from gas.
Some handmade helmets are even decorated!
They help by cleaning the territory.