You can feel the solidarity, the force. It is all over inside and out, running through your veins and clearing your mind towards a better future where anything is possible. It can be overwhelming. It was overwhelming.
Fog stopped time. It froze my mind for what I had seen so far in the news were forceful actions and reactions, screams, riots and anger. Yet on the last days of 2013 when I entered that small world in the Maidan Nezalezhnosti, only the power, unity and fellowship of the people remained. I felt the same as when I was photographing the Rosia Montana protests from Romania. Just one step inside the square and I knew I had to come back home with all that I saw, heard and felt. My senses sharpened, eyes open wide to capture as much information as possible and camera ready in hand.
The first things that stroke me where the barricades which were made out of anything people could find: tires, snow, wood, fir trees, flags, etc. There were different kinds of people roaming through the square: curios passersby, convinced supporters, just some other protesters, Maidan residents, volunteers in the kitchen or members of the self-defense units. Each individual has a role; each is there with a purpose. Ukrainians gave up their normal lives to live in the Independence Square and fight for what they believe in.
The residents live inside small or big army tents where they have food supplies, clothes and warmth provided by small stoves. Each two or three tents have a space between them where wood is cut or food is being prepared and served to anyone present there. As well, hot tea is given to anyone who was caught up by the cold wind.
Clothes are hanging on ropes tied to pieces of wood or to the tents near a fire place. People hold speeches on the big stage in the middle of the square, the same stage on which concerts are held late in the evening. Flags sing and dance in the air along with the Ukrainians. And everyone is getting ready for Christmas which is held on the 7th of January.
There are certain places in Maidan where you can see the support of the people from all over the world. Right in the middle there is a huge tree made of flags and messages of encouragement, while on another side of the Square thousands of pieces of wood on which were written cities or countries fire up a sense of solidarity.
Ukrainians made Maidan Nezalezhnosti their home and the Square is now a living organism whose pulse seems to never subside.