Category Archives: EuroMaidan Revolution

“If not for the war”: 12 photo reports about maternal love and heroism

Uliana Vinyarska and son Volodymyr Vinyarsky, wounded at Starobilsk, Luhansk Oblast on June 4, 2014Uliana Vinyarska and son Volodymyr Vinyarsky, wounded at Starobilsk, Luhansk Oblast on June 4, 2014  


For Mother’s Day, volunteers have created an amazingly eloquent portrait gallery of Ukrainian heroes and their mothers who bravely surrendered their sons to the war and lived through hell.

The photos appear on the Facebook page of the Photo Projects Volunteer Community.

 “Not every man is capable of heroic deeds, and not every mother is capable of accepting and understanding such a sacrifice. We admire these people and want to understand. How did they do it ??? How did they live through this horror and not lose the ability to laugh so loudly and sincerely?” say the project managers. Continue reading

“Winter on Fire” director given “Mirror of the Freedom Award”

Natalka Volya presents the "Mirror of the Freedom Award" to filmmaker Evgeny AfineevskyNatalka Volya presents the “Mirror of the Freedom Award” to filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky  

The award ceremony event that took place on Jan 5th, at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers where the “Mirror of the Freedom Award” was given to the filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky. After the ceremony, there was a private film screening and Q&A with the director. Continue reading

‘Winter on Fire’ tracks the 93 days Ukraine fought for its identity


Streets are scattered with stones and shell casings. Winter fog mixes with the last wisps of tear gas. The wounded and the dead have been carried away, and those who are left hunker at the barricades. Police advance. Snipers take to rooftops. Bodies fall and the Ukrainian revolution, as brutal as it is cinematic, enters a new day in the battered capital of Kiev.

Evgeny Afineevsky’s “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” is a documentary from the front lines, a visceral portrait of a nation’s battle for its identity. The film tracks the 93 days — between November 2013 and February 2014 — when tens of thousands of protesters rallied in frigid Independence Continue reading

Paul Niland: ​EuroMaidan Revolution, myth and reality (part two of a three-part series)

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Aug. 6, 2015, 11:35 a.m. | Op-ed — by Paul Niland

A crowd of thousands march towards the main residence of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in the outskirts of Kiev, on February 22, 2014. Earlier in the day, Ukraine’s parliament voted to hold early presidential elections on May 25, passing a resolution stating that Viktor Yanukovych had failed to properly fulfil his duties as president. AFP PHOTO/GENYA SAVILOV

Paul Niland

Paul Niland is a longtime Kyiv resident and Founder of Statement Email Ltd.

The violent protests that took place in Kyiv that resulted in a democratically elected president fleeing from his country fearing for his life were a U.S. instigated coup, a regime change costing $5 billion.

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