This Land Of Ours That Is Not Ours

Following the violent clashes between the Euromaidan protest movement and Yanukovych’s government forces, Kiev stood waiting, gathering the thoughts of the thousands, and rebuilding the barricades.

Beyond the frontline conflicts that dominated the news, the self-sustained framework of the Maidan brought a shifting community together as each day more people arrived in the city. These quieter moments, observed in the calm before the storm, reflected the uncertainty of a nation in flux.

While the Maidan remained central to the revolution, the epicentre of the conflict shifted, moving south and east. With Russia’s involvement fracturing the national border once again, the words of Ukraine’s celebrated poet, Taras Shevchenko, still continue to resonate: “this land of ours that is not ours”.