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Ukraine Euromaidan and Beyond. Part 2

From the Euro­maidan rev­o­lu­tion to the ongo­ing cri­sis and the role of women in both.
Uni­ver­sity of Win­nipeg. June 23, 2015. Room 2m70, 7.00 pm

Par­tic­i­pants:
Alexan­dra Shkan­drij, Mod­er­a­tor
Myroslav Shkan­drij, Uni­ver­sity of Man­i­toba
Natalia Obraztsova (Kuch­menko), Taras Shevchenko Uni­ver­sity, Kyiv
OksanaDudko, Lviv Catholic Uni­ver­sity
Myroslava­Pid­hirnyj, For­mer Pol­icy Ana­lyst, Province of Manitoba

 

1. Main events 2013-2014
2. Char­ac­ter­iz­ing Euro­maidan
3. Putin’s pro­pa­ganda
4. Ide­ol­o­gists of Russ­ian nation­al­ism
behind Don­bas rebel­lion
5. Stale­mate in Don­bas
6. Real­ity check: Putin’s Russia

2. Characterizing Euromaidan a civil rights protest

 
Initially peaceful mass protest, like 2004 Orange Revolution, with Ghandi banner
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Religious services every Sunday with leaders of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths

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Self-organization run by volunteers

  • free medical service
  • open university
  • press centre for international and local reporters
  • tent for women fleeing domestic abuse

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Kitchens run by volunteers

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Food, medical aid, and voluntary services from all sectors of the population, communities and humanitarian agencies abroad

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Barricades from bags of snow built by volunteers

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No property violated

Self-policing and self-defence units were disciplined and carried only baseball bats
Kitchens, medics, housing worked efficiently
 
 
 

Women played enormous role

  • tended wounded, provided health services
  • published newspapers, articles, poster art
  • aided journalists
  • organized rallies
  • made and screened documentary films
  • prepared food
  • appealed for international help
  • participated on front lines

Elle magazine:

women donned gas masks, helmets, padded vests and camouflage jackets while fighting alongside men … even prepared Molotov cocktails and brought them to the front lines … a women’s brigade trained women in self-defense tactics.

[Nikolas Kozloff, Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com]    
 

Maidan’s message

1. no return to the USSR
2. no to fascism
3. a revolution of dignity: freedom, respect, equal rights for all citizens

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Western coverage at first distorted

underlined East-West split,
protests only in Western Ukraine,
language divisions

From Max Fisher’s column in the Washington Post, 24 January 2014

From Max Fisher’s column in the Washington Post, 24 January 2014

Anti-Maidan

organized, bused in, paid
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  • violence by titushky: criminal gangs and fight-club members (in white gloves), bikers
  • paid by Yanukovych supporters
  • legal protection from the Party of Regions

Titushky (paid goons)

  • received $20-25 a day
  • given hammers or weapons, and told to attack protestors, create havoc
  • sent into the streets of Kyiv in February 2014
  • – beat protesters
    – smashed property
    – firebombed post office and other buildings used as hospitals

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