I am no longer in Kyiv where people are now dying amid the anti-government protests.
The pro-European protests in Ukraine are continuing, with central Kyiv still occupied by opposition supporters.
It’s all kicking off and violence seems to have escalated to a concerning level amid heightened tensions. This is a short update from a pal out there.
These are a few more pictures from events I observed between December 4 and 11. Just to clarify – NONE of these pictures relate to any events that have occurred in Kyiv this past week.
My friend says: “Opposition still can’t get their act together, with strategies and engaging people.
“This place is now, under new legislation, a dictatorship. You would not recognise the spirit of the protests – no more festive mood and thankfully the slogans and pop music have died out.
“People are now, finally, starting to focus on real arguments about the nature of the state etc.
“It’s sometimes a bit hairy, but I do believe that, as Aristotle said, ‘courage is the guarantee of other virtues’.
“I’m not actually engaging in violence etc. although now of course by gathering in political protest, expressing opinions, etc. I am breaking the law.
“Still, I am always on the lookout for escape routes etc. The whole area around European Square now looks like a war zone, with constant explosions etc.
“I am pretty sure that more people will die tonight so spare a thought for them.
“I think the next few days are going to be crunch time for this country.
“Let’s hope the government falls – I can’t see that Yanukovych has much real support (even the paid ‘titushki’ who have been hanging around Arsenalna have more or less disappeared and look sheepish when I say ‘Ukraina bez tutushki – hangba (shame)’ to them).
“But the opposition are rubbish at using their opportunities and getting momentum going to cause defections etc.
“Otherwise all OK!”
Another update from my friend on events over the last few days is here