Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dark forces at work in Ukraine

"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.

Слава Україні.


  1. This is absolutely heart-breaking. I am so sorry it has come to this where the people of Ukraine have to fight such brutality yet again for even the chance of a hopeful future.

    Do you recall what the woman in the lost video looked like or was wearing or what her surroundings looked like? Any details would be helpful as I am following closely and am wading through a lot of videos and such. Please note if something comes to mind.

    Also, this analysis of the behind the scenes may be of interest. Slava Ukraini, Heroyam Slava!

  2. Thanks for the link. Timothy Snyder has a really good grasp of what is going on in Ukraine. He was on "On Point" tonight: I still haven't listened to it (the show literally just broadcasted a few minutes ago), but I did leave a message on their website. Curious if Tom Ashbrook read my comment on air.
    We watched the events I described on Hromadske TV. There was no video of the woman, just a large screen view of Maidan. I searched through many many videos, but could not find the one we saw when we watched it live. Of course, so much happened today that it's overwhelming to keep up with the flow of information.

  3. Thank you. I will have a look. And yes, there is so very much to keep up with.
    I just came across this stirring and eloquent speech from yesterday. Worth a look.

  4. I am heart broken at the terrible news. Ukraine is country with so much promise and the ability to have a bright future. Praying that this will be sorted out soon and peace will reign again.

  5. Photographs of public walking through Mezhihyrya.