When I first the footage of protesters rioting in the streets of Independence Square, I was in complete awe. Shock is a good word for it, maybe even a tad emotional, as hundreds of thousands of people gathered within the town's center to spread their voice over the future of Ukraine. Once again, a war between the west and east, yet there is no Berlin wall to stop the damage that is ravaging Kiev and other cities. Before I jump within commentary, I would like to present the "before and after" of Independence Square- a truly appalling transformation that presents the power and will of the Ukrainian people.
With president Viktor F Yanukovych fighting for his position- the frustration seems greater than ever. This conflict can be resolved by a resignation, yet Yanukovych is not budging within his seat as he launches one of the most violent series of riots Ukraine has ever seen. Over 100 people have been confirmed dead and injuries are soaring towards the thousands- there will be no ease as Ukraine tries to resolve the destruction, terror, and distrust of the people. While the protests remained peaceful in the beginning- with photographs of priests protecting the people- violence grew from both the military and the people. Molotov cocktails, the main source of destruction- were thrown by both sides with no apparent truce in the future. It gets worse- as the military has began to use weapons and has even brought in tanks within Kiev's borders. A video of soldiers firing AK-47 rounds can be found here. At this point there is no way to stop the protest- as it was said that over one million people gathered within the square recently. Ukraine sits in flames and the people battle it out with their government.
There is no clear truce in light- as recently protesters said to have captured 67 police officers. (source) The will and ambition of these people is inspiring- and shows the dedication that many have in the search of their freedom. One thing is certain, This fight will not only decide the future of Ukraine's independence- but also the control of the worlds' greatest superpowers.