Cossack camp on maidan
Cossacks are a group of predominantly east Slavic people who became known as members of democratic, semi-military communities residing in Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine especially has deep ties to Cossack culture and in many ways the history of these people is the history of Ukraine.
Today both in Ukraine and in Russian, they are revered has strong, organized and deeply conservative as they revitalize old traditions and ways of life.
On the Maidan, Cossack groups were quick to support the uprising and prove their military prowess in the ensuing battles.
Now as the war in the east grinds on, one Cossack elder showed us around his Kyiv camp and told of their involvement in the fight against Russian backed separatists.