THE FIGHTERS OF MAIDAN
Several thousand ordinary people, gathered from all over Ukraine, became fighters for the "Maidan Revolution" in Kiev. They took a wooden stick or a baseball bat, a helmet, a balaclava and borrowed every kind of military equipment available, to prepare to fight against the government's police forces. People from all social classes, ages and genders: students, workers, businessmen, ex-soldiers from the war in Afghanistan, bodyguards, even very young girls. Most of those who took up arms against the government were unfit for any fight against a regular army, relying only on the hasty training given on the battlefield. What drove the revolution was the determination to change the current situation, ousting the corrupt government with its painful relations with Russia, in a dramatic shift from a stagnant past to building a possible future. These portraits were taken during the days of the clashes in the battlefront area of Kiev.
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JEAN-MARC CAIMI | VALENTINA PICCINNI