"One person has seized power and is commanding you to turn on your fellow citizens. Dark forces are behind these orders! Do not follow them while you still have a chance."
While not a direct translation, this is what Yulia and I remember a woman saying as she pleaded with police to not attack Euromaidan on February 18th. While we cannot find a video of this speech, it happened right before the explosions and fighting seen in the above video. This woman's speech was by far the most moving one we have heard so far. It gets right to the heart of the issue with no embellishments, no circumlocution, and no frills in her rhetoric. What we see the authorities doing in Ukraine right now represents the darkest of places in a human's soul. It is the nefarious energy that motivates people to kill, maim, and torture defenseless people.
Yulia was in tears as we watched the events seen in the above video. While I am prone to tears, I held them back so as not to bring extra negative energy into our space.
But I wonder how many people died that night listening to thousands of people singing the Ukrainian national anthem amidst explosions of guns, grenades, Molotov cocktails, and fireworks. These are the people that will henceforth be the heroes that future generations remember. We will always be grateful to them.