Euromaidans in many cities around Ukraine are celebrating a victory.Yesterday brought uplifting news that Yanukovych was impeached and that a more level headed Parliament was working. However, the above video suggests to me that the fight for Ukrainian freedom may not yet be over. The maidan in Kerch, Crimea was attacked by pro-Russian separatists yesterday suggesting that not everyone is in favor of a liberal democratic Ukraine.
During the playing of the Ukrainian national anthem at the maidan in Kerch a crowd throws things at the people at the podium, hitting one woman in the face. People then trash the area and throw the Ukrainian flag to the ground calling the activists fascists. The anti-Ukrainian mob then chases a man down the street and attacks him, kicking him in the head and face. They then celebrate victory, raising the Russian flag while burning an American one amidst chants of "Russia!"
One positive thing I see is that police defend the maidan activists from the angry mob. It's almost strange seeing police actually defending Ukrainian patriots. Nice to see that they understand the responsibilities that come along with their jobs. Hopefully, we'll see more and not less of this in the future (Pretty pathetic I actually have to say that, huh?).
I don't know what to say about this video other than my realization how backwards some parts of Ukraine are. The people calling the maidan activists fascists seem antiquated, more like subjects of a Stalinist Soviet Union rather than modern, enlightened citizens of an independent Ukraine.
Although secession from Ukraine is unconstitutional, if people in Kerch and other areas of Ukraine want to leave and become part of Russia or form their own country and remain in a state of post-Soviet limbo I think they should be allowed to. Too many people have died and been maimed and tortured in the name of improving our country. It's not worth it anymore. If these people want to go, then they should be allowed to. Let the rest of us live in the kind of country we want to have.