The Day visited the square near the Independence Stele and learned how many people had spent the night there, how many were still there, and what was keeping people there, under the cold rain.
LESIA, A PENSIONER FROM LVIV, FORMERLY KINDERGARTEN TEACHER WITH 27 YEARS OF SERVICE: “I PLAN TO STAY HERE UNTIL THE VERY END, EVERY DAY AND EVERY NIGHT”
ANTON SIVTSEV, 31, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE SHLIAKHETNY ODIAH CLOTHING STUDIO, KYIV: “I FAVOR PEACEFUL PROTEST, BECAUSE THE EVOLUTIONARY APPROACH IS FAR MORE EFFECTIVE, IF SLOWER”
VADYM VASYLCHYK, COORDINATOR OF THE PROTEST HEADQUARTERS IN THE INDEPENDENCE STELE NEIGHBORHOOD
IVAN KYRKOSH, 33, SMALL BUSINESSMAN FROM IVANO-FRANKIVSK: “THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS DISAPPOINTMENT FOR ME”
ANASTASIA, 17, A FIRST-YEAR SOCIOLOGY MAJOR AT THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF KYIV MOHYLA ACADEMY: “SITTING AT HOME AND COMPLAINING ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT’S ACTIONS WILL NEVER BRING ABOUT EVEN A LITTLE BIT OF CHANGE”
KHRYSTIA PELEKH, A SECOND-YEAR SOCIOLOGY MAJOR AT THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF KYIV MOHYLA ACADEMY: “I TALKED TO PEOPLE FROM DONETSK, LVIV, SEVASTOPOL, CHERNIHIV, AND POLTAVA DURING THIS NIGHT, SPENT POURING HUNDREDS OF CUPS OF TEA…”
Photos by Ivan LIUBYSH-KIRDEI