Putin rants, panic calms, and rumors circulate that Yanukovich is dead.
Maidan, night, cease fire.This is a field kitchen on the Maidan.And this is an infirmary at the Mikhailovsky Cathedral. #Kiev
In an emotional speech on the Maidan last night, Yulia Tymoshenko pledged that she would protect the country's interest, but the country doesn't seem to believe that a tiger can change its stripes.
What a day.
Don't blame Russia. It was a battle among ruling elites.
As the protests in Ukraine descended into violence earlier this week, a blame game began among foreign leaders. Russia pointed fingers at the protesters for attempting a "coup," and said many western countries "are also to blame." President Barack Obama, meanwhile, said he holds the Ukrainian government "primarily responsible," while also condemning Russia's influence there and in Syria.
The tale of a post-modern martyr
As protestors fought riot police in Kiev yesterday, as the city center turned into a charred crater, volunteer medics skittered through the melee, attending to the hundreds wounded in the fight, pulling them into hotel lobbies and churches for treatement. One of them was 21-year-old Olesya Zhukovskaya.
Belarus' unrest in 2010 provided a valuable lesson to today's protesters in Kiev.
The battle unfolding in the streets of Kiev today is proving to be yet another geopolitical blank slate.
If it can happen in Ukraine, it can happen in Russia.
In case you missed it, Kiev has been exploding over the last few days. Hundreds of thousands of people came out into the streets over the weekend—both in Kiev and elsewhere in Ukraine—to protest President Viktor Yanukovich's last-minute decision to scuttle the signing of a vaguely worded agreement that would have begun to pull Ukraine into the European orbit—and out of Russia's. The police can't clear the streets.