Euromaidan was the boiling point, however, it wasn‘t the only reason why ordinary people stopped their normal lives and came to live in the
streets in the midst of winter 2014. It was the most dangerous place to set up a tent: crowds were standing up day and night to the armed
Special Armed Forces, water cannons and snipers. The Ukrainians rose up against the corrupt criminal government of Yanukovich and his Russian
sponsors because they had nothing to lose. Their country, property, land, small and large businesses, freedom, human rights and, frequently,
lives were robbed by the corrupt «elite». «The Family» year after year lived exorbitantly rich lives as the population was taking a nosedive
into poverty and hopelessness.
Maidan was a city within the city of Kyiv: barricades, makeshift tents, hospitals, kitchens, warm clothes and blankets storage,
a University, a stage for cultural and music events. Its life was organized and manned solely by volunteers, ordinary citizens,
rich and poor. There were protests across the entire country.
There has never been any grassroots event of this magnitude in Ukraine that would lift the spirit of the nation so high and make us proud
to be Ukrainians. People old and young, may be for the first time in their lives became free, took responsibility for their country and
destiny, for which many Maidan defenders paid with their lives: disappeared, shot, burned to death, stabbed, beaten, and drowned by the
criminal Yanukovich regime forces and by Special Services from Moscow.
We bring to you the authentic unedited images of struggle, hope, sorrow, loss and happiness, raw from the center of it all,
audaciously filmed on barricades by Dr. Sergey Melnikoff, a professional photographer who stood on Maidan day and night from the first
day till the last one with his camera, risking his life, open to sniper fire. Ukraine and its people are grateful to Sergey for all he did
and will be doing to raise awareness of the new Ukraine in the world. His International Foundation has been supported by the most respected
cultural, scientific and spiritual leaders of our nation.