Central Kyiv, March 2014
Yanukovich was driven out of Ukraine in February. This was a great victory for Maidan. But the price was high. About 100 people were died under sniper fire, police batons, and in the Trade Union fire.
In the following weeks, central Kyiv was covered in flowers and memorials to the dead. They will never be forgotten.
The First Tents
When tents appeared on Maidan, complete with wood stoves and generators, we knew the protesters were here to stay.
Protest at Institutska
Defending Maidan, Defending Ukraine
Maidan's self-defence force was critical to its success. They guided us when Berkut, the riot police, chased us off Grushevsky Street into Maidan's fortified walls. Then they rallied and chased Berkut away. I will always respect them for that.
Barricades made from any available materials protected the heart of Maidan from the police.
The country expressed its grief for the dead in Maidan and beyond. Countless people laid flowers in memory of Ukraine's newest heroes.
Memorials sprung up in every place that people died.
David Lawrence is a communications consultant focused on international development. He provides communications advice and writes content for corporate websites, knowledge sharing portals, social media and publications. His main clients are the World Bank Group and USAID-funded programs.
Prior to 2010, David managed private sector development programs in Mongolia, Indonesia, and the former Soviet Union for the International Finance Corporation.
He lives in Kyiv with his wife and two children and is a strong supporter of Ukraine.