It’s not a thought any of us want to entertain, but the possibility of Yanukovych remaining in power is looking increasingly likely. If he decides to clear Maidan using the same tactics the demonstrators will be left with two choices: they can allow themselves to be swept way, or they can fight. And that’s what you call being stuck between a rock and a hard place.
If they decide to fight, they will be arrested. Either way, if Yanukovych decides to clear the square, it will be cleared. The only thing that could possibly stop him is numbers, but in the middle of the night it seems the numbers get down to only a few hundred hardcore folks.
It is looking increasingly likely that Yanukovych will remain in power, and that will be bad for the country. Some argue he’s democratically elected and he deserves to see out his term, but the people have had enough. They have had enough of his lies, his thieving, and his bullyboy tactics.
The people of Ukraine need the help of Europe and the US. The time for diplomacy with this man is over. He doesn’t understand it, and he’s proven himself to be nothing but a liar when dealing with Europe.
We call upon you, leaders of Europe and the US, to impose personal sanctions on these people. To freeze their bank accounts and deny them travel. Not just the president and the prime minister, but every serving member of the Party of Regions.
Ukraine is a democracy waiting to happen. It is what the people want. They have done their bit, and now they need your help.
For 22 years now, almost all the people of Ukraine have aspired to European integration. They want it, and they deserve it, and they’ve shown exceptional courage and resolve in the face of great adversity from the political class and the elite, whom in turn have stolen everything they possibly can.
Yanukovych is the worst of the bunch, and there is a real danger the people of Ukraine will be forced under the jackboot of an authoritarian, brutal regime. Leaders of the free world, you have the power to stop this. You must impose personal sanctions, and you must do it now.
Kyiv Top Five
We have some wholly creative and very clever people in these parts, which have been reflected in some of the stickers found on jackets of demonstrators everywhere. Here are our favourites:
1. Yanukovych Pidaresht! – Yanukovych in jail!
2. Ya tut ne za Hroshi – I am not here for money
3. Biytsi: pamyataite na Maidani zhinky, dity ta lyudy pokhyloho viku – Fighters: please know that Maidan has women, children, and elderly
4. Persha vymoha: vidstavka prezydenta – First demand: resignation of the president
5. Ya ne pidu z Maidanu do vidstavky Yanukovycha – I am not leaving Maidan until Yanukovych resigns
Lenin falls, Lenin is defended, and one person thinks only of his stomach. It’s revolution for the third week running as we take a look at our tweets of the week.
Ukrainian Princess (@UkrPrincess) suggests a souvenir:
Germans have pieces of the Berlin Wall; Ukrainians now have pieces of the Lenin statue #progress #euromaidan
mikiya itou (@mickey228) is watching history be made:
A page of history has been turnedbecause for many Ukrainians this statue was the symbol of a power that must not return. #Ukraine
A contrary opinion is offered by richard lafette (@RichardLafette):
Fair play to the Ukrainians, who hate Putin, but don’t blame it all on Lenin - who, on the whole, was better than the Romanovs.
Revolution? What revolution? Ignorance is bliss for Chance C Butterfield (@CC_Butterfield):
Ukrainians: The only people that can make you eat so much good food that it soon becomes painful. #LoveThem #BeTheDeathOfMe
It was deeply symbolic. Sparks and chips of marble flew as euphoric protesters took it in turns to demolish a toppled marble statue with a sledgehammer. The felling of Kyiv’s statue of Lenin by protesters using a steel cable and winch on Sunday night underlines the bitterly opposing views of history that still run deep in Ukraine as revolution rolls on.
He was an anachronism, many questioned why he was still there 22 years after independence, yet law enforcement agencies have launched criminal proceedings under Part 1 of Article 294 (mass riots) in connection with the demolition of the Lenin monument in central Kyiv. Good luck with that.
A young Kyiv man joined Ukrainian police. Everything seemed to be okay, except for one thing – in three months’ of work he never asked for his salary once. When the head of the department asked him why, he said: “Wow! I didn’t know you paid salaries here. I thought, you gave me a gun and the rest was up to me.”