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Putin will fail in Ukraine again!
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Meanwhile the heart of Ukraine, Independence Square (Maidan) is still in the process of recovery from battles of last months. The streets are still a sea of flowers and candles, many people are openly crying. Others came today with shovels and trash bags determined to clean the soot, remains of burned tires, broken stones and other debris of the war. That effort had a lot of enthusiasm and energy, and in a way it was therapeutic! This past week many people commented on how hard it was to move on, to get back to normal life and work after what happened on Feb 18-20. But we are gradually picking up pieces and moving on. Most weddings in Kiev now find their way to Maidan as newly weds come to give their gratitude and give honor to the heroes of Maidan. There are artists and sport activities, musicians are playing on “revolutionary” piano that is standing in the middle of the street.
Reading articles on the web, opinions of experts, seeing footage of Russian soldiers occupying Crimea, it’s easy to despair. But coming to Maidan, being part of dirty work of cleaning, observing creativity and enthusiasm inspires hope. The air of Maidan is highly concentrated with aroma of freedom and unity. Looking into the faces of people, grieving, crying, praying, working, talking, serving each other, I had a very strong feeling that my people can’t be overcome. Putin will fail once again, like he already did several times when he worked through his marionette ex-president Yanukovich. God will grant Ukrainians victory over a great evil because like never before in 20+ years of independence and 70 years of Soviet regime Ukrainians are praying earnestly, asking God for forgiveness, protection and healing of their land!