Once upon a time there was Zaporizhian Sich, – The Republic of Cossacks. The Republic of free people, as the highest power belonged to the assembly of all its members and the leaders were elected. Zaporizhian Sich disappeared, but the tradition survived. Despite of the centuries of oppression and struggles Ukrainian people still fight for their freedom and for the democracy once established by their ancestors Cossacks. Hence the phenomenon of Maidan, or shall I call it Kyivska Sich, appeared once the freedom of the nation was at stake.
The protests are no longer about Ukraine entering European Union (The government’s decision to walk away from an expansive agreement with the EU triggered the first protests by students the November, 21, 2013) . They are against the government corruption, violence and usurpation. Thousands people have been living on Maidan for more than a months demanding the resignation of the government and of the president. Every Sunday hundred thousands of Ukrainians gather to attend Veche, the assembly of people, and to protest. Despite the massive protests Viktor Yanukovych, the Ukrainian president, continues the “reconciliation” with the Russian government. And Kyivska Sich continues its existence. A final battle is yet to be won.