Night of Remembrance
On the night of the 29th to 30th November 2014, precisely one year after the special police unit dispersed peaceful students with batons, a "Night of commemoration" took place on Maidan, initiated by Ruslana, the Night Guard of the Maidan and the Agency of the Image of Ukraine.
Without unnecessary pathos, but with an open stage, where everyone willing had an opportunity to give a speech, while a flexible schedule allowed for improvisation, the action was 100% civilian.
Ruslana: "People are worried, and are feeling a moment of responsibility. I see, that so many people who stayed till the morning are ready to take this responsibility upon themselves. On this night the civilians at the Maidan addressed the acting authorities - the president, the parliament and the government. On this night we brought the Maidan back, and everyone has seen that Ukrainians, just like the year before, are active; that Ukrainians are sufficiently conscious and sufficiently independent. All our initiatives have to be heard and seen by the world. The most important thing is that today we have mobilized around a misfortune. I am urging everyone to join us! Glory to Ukraine!"
The participants of the "Night of commemoration" included: the Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, Roman Vashchuk, the EU Ambassador to Ukraine, Jan Tombinski and the Lithuanian Ambassador to Ukraine, Piatras Vaitekunas. The ex-advisor to the president of Russia, Andrii Illarionov, has touched upon the subject of the initiation of Putin's war against Ukraine in his speech.
The member of the European Commission, tefan Füle, addressed the audience by Skype from Prague. The Georgian politician and reformer, Mikhail Saakashvili, took part by Skype from Washington and came up with suggestions concerning the fight against the anarchy in Ukraine.
Borys Gudziak, a bishop and head of the Ukrainian Catholic University joined live from Brussels. The students themselves of the Ukrainian Catholic University and of the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, of the Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University as well as the students who have suffered during the dispersal one year ago, had an opportunity to give a speech on the stage on Maidan as the generation of the new Ukraine.
Video messages came from the diaspora EuroMaidans of Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Detroit, Warsaw, Brussels, Munich, Cologne and Hamburg. The action was ended at 6:30 a.m. with a walk to the Saint Michael's Monastery Chapel, where the morning service took place.