Revolution: tired to be invisible Lidiia Kozhevnikova
Protesters in Kiev

I knew that Euromaidan started at the end of 2013, beginning of 2014. That was my first New Year celebration outside my home city. We were running to be in time on the Euromaidan to sing the anthem of Ukraine all together, and to set a record for The Guinness Record's book as the greatest number of people singing a national anthem in the same place.


We were in time but we were on the opposite side, where activist's tents and barricades were situated and we didn't have enough room to change our position, so we put up in the air our cell phones with lights and started to sing, make wishes, celebrate the very first minutes of New 2014 Year in the crowd of pleasant, friendly and happy people. I had a feeling that I know each of them for ages.

We had a feeling of unity, like a huge family, like lovely Ukraine facing a bright future.

I think indifference is the most sneaky thing that can make an offense to each personality. No one wants to be unheard or invisible, but our government is simply ignoring thousands of people struggling for what we believe in. My international friends keep asking me if I'm ok, and how things is going there in Ukraine, and I'm answering, that this is very weird for us, we are peaceful and non-conflict people, but this time, we are fighting for our freedom and we want to brake the system, that allows the grow of corruption, injustice, and the misuse of governmental funds.

Peaceful demonstrations reached a new level on 19th of January, when we celebrated the Day when Jesus Christ was baptised in the River Jordan. I wouldn't imagine such things happening in Ukraine, but when police started to kill unarmed young people, and to beat activists senseless, fear came over me... I can't accept this, when government decides to gamble with human's lives to keep their power in the country. No one expected people to act like this, to stay till the final countdown, to fight for a better life, justice, peace and respect.

In my city things ran smoothly. We were the only region that occupied peacefully the palaces of regional administration. In my city, activists stay days and nights in front of police force, to keep them away from Kiev, from Euromaidan. I was there, we brought some cookies and sweets for our local heroes, who left the comfort zone and went to protect our Euromaidan, that is launched to protect our future. During all this time, I realized Ukrainian people do not fight for joining European Union any more, they are trying to break the entrenched system of corruption and injustice we are trapped in, to start building a new better community from scratch, to achieve better life.

I think of myself as a patriot even if I speak Russian. To be devoted to your country it is not about the language, it is all about the love you hold for your motherland, to people who live here, to traditions and landscapes, to its history. I love my country, and I really believe that Ukrainians will be the winners in this fight. Because I don't care about politics, I care about people.