Looking back at Maidan – After the Revolution – Part 1
I clearly remember the 18th of February this year. I was sat at home in the UK, watching on my computer screen, multiple live video feeds showing smoke, fire and violence erupt in the center of Kyiv, Ukraine. Most of these webcams supplying the footage had been installed at the top of buildings by civilians who streamed unedited material straight to external websites such as Livestream, UStream and YouTube.
I found it hard to believe this was Europe in 2014. What started off as peaceful protests against the government had turned into full blown street warfare. Medieval looking catapults and trebuchets hurled molotov cocktails at fully armored Riot police in centenarian formation, shields in front and above their heads, like a great monolithic beetle. And of course there were guns. Hard to see on this pixelated video. The results of such weapons though are not easy to miss.
Despite having never visited the country before, and knowing little about Ukraine, I felt an affinity with these fellow Europeans. Their struggle against corruption of a political elite felt so close – just a few borders away in my European neighborhood.
On the other hand, deciphering truth from the multitudes of conflicting news reports was near impossible. Only those first live feeds seemed to hold any legitimacy.
This is the reason that i, along with Marta Garcia Aliaga, traveled to Ukraine with the purpose of investigating first hand the recent events.
Under our own direction, with complete independence, we sought to capture details otherwise overlooked, and let the people tell their own story.