Celebrating the Anniversary of the Ukrainian Revolution

I’m off to celebrate the first anniversary of the Ukrainian Revolution with my Russian husband but before I get on the way, here is how I know that this revolution is for real and that Ukrainians will prevail:

Ukrainian revolution

This is the Maidan in Kiev a couple of hours ago. This is how the main square looks after thousands and thousands of people stayed here for hours celebrating the anniversary of the revolution and honoring the memory of the fallen heroes.

Do you notice how clean it is? There is no garbage. None at all. If you are not from my part of the world, you don’t immediately know how significant this is. This is what the revolution has been about since the start: people getting together and taking charge of their own lives. The Maidan is so clean because Ukrainians have finally shed the colonialists’ contempt for this land and have turned to it with love. 

Ukrainians are not waiting for a good tsar any longer. There are hundreds of stories that show the people of Ukraine taking matters into their own hands without waiting for anybody to tell them what to do. The greatest among their achievements is, of course, creating a functioning and shockingly successful army out of nothing, feeding, clothing and arming it, sending it into battle, tending to the wounded, burying the dead – and all this as an enormous country-wide volunteer effort. People come home from work or from school and head straight to the volunteer centers to make masking net for the front lines. Or they get together to build a house for the family of a fallen soldier. Or stuff boxes with medical supplies to send to the soldiers.

And somehow they are figuring out who to do it without any specific person being in charge or giving orders. For people who came out of the USSR, this is an enormous achievement. 

This is how many people in Kiev came to the Maidan to honor the anniversary today:


8 thoughts on “Celebrating the Anniversary of the Ukrainian Revolution

  1. Thank you for sharing this with us. It’s great to see a crowd of people out celebrating something positive despite the ongoing crisis.

    I’d like to echo a comment on another thread. I don’t usually comment on the Ukraine posts, but I really appreciate them. I don’t know much about Ukraine or the former USSR and your posts have really helped me to understand what’s going on there.

    I also stumbled across my first example of a leftist Putin-lover today. It was some nutty German arguing that Germany should leave NATO and abandon it’s ties to the US and form an alliance with Russia. Total insanity.


  2. This really is amazing. The first picture didn’t even register to my brain at first as a scene in Eastern Europe, despite the Ukrainian flags, because of the absence of trash. And the self-organizing, the volunteering… I don’t know what the borders of Ukraine will look like in the future, but I do know that these Ukrainians will live rich and fulfilling lives.


    1. “The first picture didn’t even register to my brain at first as a scene in Eastern Europe, despite the Ukrainian flags, because of the absence of trash.”

      • This could be a test to see if one is Eastern European. The absence of trash is the first thing that we see in this photo. 🙂 🙂 And Westerners don’t even notice it in the picture. 🙂


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