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Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) is the central square of Kyiv. In January and February 2014, it was the place of armed clashes between security forces and Euromaidan activists which led to the change of power and the formation of a new Ukrainian government.

And this is how this place looks a few months later. The barricades and tents have been removed and the square looks almost the same as it was before these historical events. Photos by Oleg Stelmakh

Restored Independence Square, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

fly over the historic site

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Kyiv is the capital and largest city of Ukraine standing on the Dnieper River in the north of the central part of the country. It is the seventh most populous city in Europe.

One of the features of Kyiv is a large amount of greenery. It may even seem that these are not the city’s parks, but the city itself is located in the middle of a huge park. See for yourself! Photos by Alexander Cheban

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fly over Kyiv

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Aug/14

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The Parade of Vyshyvankas in Kyiv

Yesterday, August 24, the Ukrainians were celebrating Independence Day. In honor of this day, in the center of Kyiv, the parade of vyshyvankas (traditional Ukrainian clothing with elements of ethnic embroidery) was held.

Representatives of 18 regions of the country took part in the parade. Photos by maxiwell83

The Parade of Vyshyvankas, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

colorful event

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Of course, Viktor Yanukovych didn’t buy all these cars himself. They are the gifts received while he was President.

Eventually, there were so many gifts, that a special building was constructed for them. Now everybody can attend the former residence of Yanukovych in Mezhigorie (about 30 km north of Kyiv) and admire this collection. Photos by horoshiyblog

Vintage cars collection Mezhigorie, Ukraine, photo 1

let’s walk through the garage

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Kiev is the capital and largest city of Ukraine, located on the Dnieper River. It is the seventh most populous city in Europe, after Istanbul, Moscow, London, St. Petersburg, Berlin and Madrid.

Because of its historical importance as the center of Kievan Rus, the city is still referred to as “Mother of Russian cities”. Video by Stas Petryshyn

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Mar/14

20

Portraits of Ukrainian revolutionaries

In late November, in Ukraine, mass protests against the government’s decision to suspend signing an association agreement with the EU began.

Rallies in the center of Kyiv, called “Euromaidan”, spread to other regions of Ukraine. In January 2014, after the adoption of laws that substantially restricted the rights and freedoms of citizens, confrontation between the opposition and the government became violent.

Portraits of Ukrainian revolutionaries, photo 1

participants of historical event

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Mar/14

1

Euromaidan after the Battle

Fortunately, confrontation of Ukrainian people with police special forces is in history now. Today, the central part of Kyiv is safe.

There are still barricades on the main street of the city. Sidewalks are without tiles, buildings are covered with soot from fires. A lot of people come here as a tour. Photos by maxiwell83

Euromaidan after the Battle, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

postrevolutionary Kyiv

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Today, the Parliament of Ukraine voted for the ouster of the President Viktor Yanukovych, and appointed new presidential elections on May 25. Yanukovych left Kyiv and protesters occupied his residence located nearby.

Here is a number of photos takes inside the residence abandoned in a hurry. Viktor Yanukovych loved living on a grand scale. For example, here is a nice looking 1 kilo gold medal with his portrait.

Inside the residence of Yanukovych, Ukraine photo 1

let’s take a walk

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There are several common misconceptions about Maidan and the situation there.

The first one is that almost the entire Kyiv is literally destroyed. This is not true. All the pictures of confrontation that you can see were taken on one relatively small area near the entrance to the Dinamo Stadium, it is government quarter.

Photos are of course apocalyptic, but it is actually not that bad.

Confrontation in Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

revolution in Ukraine

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Jan/14

20

The Atmosphere of Euromaidan 2014

Euromaidan is a mass multi-day protest on Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosty) and adjacent streets and squares in the center of Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities.

It began November 21, 2013 in response to the Ukrainian government suspension of preparatory process for the signing of an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU.

Euromaidan 2014, Kyiv, Ukraine, photo 1

protesting in Ukraine

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