- Posted February 20, 2014 by
Khreschatyk Street, Kiev, Ukraine
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Ukrainian people fight against police and "Berkut" special forces, Kyiv's main city square engulfed by fire
He told us, "From my point of view, the government, which was elected by the unfair way, is now trying to stop any protests, even peaceful demostrations. I can compare this situation with the one in Belarus. The President Victor Yanukovych behaves in a non-democratic way. 'Berkut' was never used for stopping the protests, but now they don't just try to stop the protests, they attack and behave violently."
- Verybecoming, CNN iReport producer
It hasn’t been quiet in the city centre for three month or so. People who stand and protest against the Ukrainian government are still very brave and confident they can change everything in this country. Many conflicts between peaceful protesters and special forces arose prior to the biggest one which started on Tuesday and still continues. Many tents of protesters were engulfed by fire and also the building of Trade Unions on Maidan which was a headquarter of the opposition (lots of protesters also stayed there for the night) was almost completely destroyed by fire which was started on special forces’ side of the street (obviously by them to intentionally drive out protesters out).
After the escalation of the conflict in different regions too on Wednesday and many victims and injured on both sides, the President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovich decided to declare truce. However, the situation is still hot on Maidan, people are preparing Molotov Cocktails in large quantities, “Berkut” special forces on the other side of the barricade throw grenades into protesters.
These three pictures show the Monument of the Independence in smoke and fire close to it, and people preparing to defence by pulling the pavement block on Khreschatyk Street tonight, somewhere between 9pm and 10pm. They do hope for better and think that this night is going to be peaceful. Ukrainian Parliament session is scheduled for tomorrow, politicians will discuss future steps to prevent future conflicts, which probably will lead to a civil war. At least, many Ukrainians think this is "highly possible".