I immediate turned on Hromaske TV and saw the unbearable truth. Even with Ashton and Nuland in Kyiv Yanukovych didn't hesitate to use force, or better: violence, against peaceful demonstrators who simply use their civil rights! After watching two ours in rage and frustration - one moment deciding 'I'm going back to Kyiv!', where I walked at Maidan last week, then knowing that my wife would be to scared to let me go - I went to bed. Emotionally exhausted. The last words were for Orysya: 'No compromise. The bastards!'
When I woke up, after a couple of hours of sleep, I immediately turned on my iPad and checked Kyiv Post. And I was so proud: 'We are still there! The Euromaydaniers kept their ground! There are even more people! Kyiv City Hall is still occupied! Most off all: the resistance was without violence. We defied them!' Off course this was all a bit over the top. But still: I saw how many Berkut were on Maydan last night. It was against all odds. Still they didn't succeed. They didn't dare to beat. I'm pretty sure this is an enormous moral victory of Euromaidan. It was like the words I shared last week with an older man near the presidential palace, he not speaking English, I not speaking Ukraine: 'No Pasaran!' It is Spanish, and for the both of us it was perfectly clear what it meant.
During the day the little big stories came in. Katya Gorchinskaya put them in a beautiful and impressive editiorial in the Kyiv Post: Birth of a Nation. Ukrainians are acting in a new way, resembling what Hannah Arendt would call the political essence of acting: beginning anew. Today Orysya send me a note she picked up from Facebook what this beginning anew in Ukrainian daily life means: "This message is posted by my friend, who is getting ready to depart for Kyiv tonight. His neighbour, being not so rich and living alone (she is not even a mid-class), has brought him the tinned food, lemons and bread. She said that these are more imortant for those who are standing up at Maidan for our freedom, for our rights. She was not very friendly before, they often quarelled over different neighbour staff, but this is exactly the moment, when the consolidation feeling unites the people" (Rudi, Orysya)