The story of the Russian blogger zyalt:
The Ukranian events are developing with a terrific speed. Just a couple of days ago people were talking about ending the Maidan events, but yesterday, the only subject everyone talked about was where did Yanukovych flee. The house of cards created by Yanokovych was destroyed yesterday right after the agreement with the opposition was signed. It no longer matters what the agreement between the opposition and the government was about – the agreement did not even last half a day. Maidan just went crazy, people, high on victory, only demand one thing now – they want the justice to be prevailed over Yanokovych and his people.
The whole downtown of Kiev, including the governmental district is under rebel control.
The morning started off quite calmly. There were rumors spread on Twitter that snipers killed several people on Institutskaya street, however, I have not yet been able to confirm this. People drank tea, made jokes and waited for what was going to happen next. As you already know, everyone was waiting for the Rada’s meeting session, which was supposed to carry out a signed agreement on stoppage of the conflict.
Every defender on Maidan has bullet shells or pieces of exploded grenades in their pockets that they are proud to demonstrate to journalists. “Look, these are the Russian bullets!” – a man wearing a helmet says. “But how do you know that it is Russian?” – “Well, we just know, it’s Russian, there is no other way!” – and everyone bursts out laughing.
The barricade on Institutkaya street is on fire. Things were quite tense since the early morning.
I decided to take advantage of the calm morning and to take a walk to the President’s Administration district
The governmental district is partially blocked from access. Chains of governmental cars are entering and leaving governmental buildings. I wonder if they are rescuing governmental documents?
No one is leaving the safety area of the barricades except for journalists. Everyone is afraid of getting shot by snipers – everyone still remembers what happened on Thursday. Journalists, however, are not afraid – they hope that snipers will not open fire against them.
These are the barricades abandoned by the police.
Bankovaya street – this is where the President’s administration is located. Events were really hot here in December.
Some of the hatches that have access to telecommunication wires are open – it is evident that someone tried to burn them down.
The Bankovaya street is still blocked by Berkut. I was not allowed to come closer than what you can see. Few Berkut heads are currently deployed here.
They are standing on guard with fire arms.
They are going to leave their positions really soon. The police will leave the city by the time the night comes.
In the meantime, the Maidan is mourning for those who died.
On Thursday, 4 people died here.
Priests are speaking from the stage of Maidan.
Barricades are now being fortified with pavement bricks.
Every day people work on Maidan as if it all was a huge barricade-producing factory. Everyone is busy here. The discipline is outstanding. It’s like a huge anthill.
The people who stand for Maidan.
Fire arms are being delivered from all parts of the city.
These are tires held to produce smoke screens in case of emergency.
Everyone is waiting for the conclusion.
That’s what is going on Kiev streets.
If you think that all the action is happening only in the downtown Kiev, you are wrong. Maidan has long occupied the whole city. This is one of the suburbs, Teremki district. Tires can bee seen along the roads. People are ready to block the entry to Kiev any moment.
People burned down the police trucks.
A destroyed post of the road police.
The post was pillaged and burned down.
Now there is a new post and a new power is ruling.
. The rebels stop and inspect all the trucks and buses that are passing by.
Most of the men on duty are freshmen from universities. All universities are currently closed in the city.
All the transport is checked not to let any pro-governmental activists, police or military men to leave the city.
The differential sign of the duty men is a bright green price tag.
It’s them at work.
All the trucks are being inspected. Most drivers are being understanding in regards to the new rules. Some horn to express support, some go nuts and argue on why they have to let a masked student into their truck. Far not all drivers are happy.
The guards. The citizens created this post when their district got flooded with pro-governmental activists on February 18th. The government wanted to compromise Maidan. This is why the city got filled with chavs from suburbs who tried to sabotage and provoke other citizens, acting as if they were people from Maidan. The government thought that Kiev people will rage against Maidan, but the Kiev citizens were able to quickly recognize the fraud and stood to defend their districts.
A kitchen is open next to one of such posts. Here’s the menu. The district citizens organized everything – cookies, macaroni, belyashes, pickles, pancakes etc.
Everyone is ready to block the road any time.
Some readers are not happy with me giving people of Maidan the name “rebels”. Well, they gave this name to themselves.
Tonight the events started to develop rather fast
Yanukovich signed an agreement with opposition leaders to settle the political situation in the country. According to the agreement, both sides agree on returning the Consitution of the year 2004, which limits the power of the president. The presidential elections are also scheduled for the late December of 2014. Right after this, 386 deputy officials voted for the Consitution of 2004 to be revived. Followed by this, Rada frees all Maidan participants from the criminal and administrative responsibility and abolishes the article of the criminal code, which sentenced Yulia Timoshenko to 7 years of prison. After this, the minister of Internal Affairs gets fired.
The police and Berkut are escaping Kiev. The minister of Internal Affairs is rumored to have escaped to Belarus. Maidan is still not happy. People want an immediate resignation of the president Yanukovich. In the evening, one of the Maidan defenders goes up on the stage and announced that if the President does not resign immediately, then the rebels will assault the Presdent’s Administration at 10 am the next day.