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Ten years in the past, violence escalated in opposition to demonstrators on the Maidan. Ukraine's struggling started lengthy earlier than Putin's warfare of aggression. A private assessment from our reporter.

Ruslana Chasipova, her face painted white, plucks the strings of her double bass wildly and sings into the auditorium of the Grand Théâtre in Luxembourg on this night on the finish of January. The 37-year-old seems to be displaying the identical vitality with which she shouted from the Euromaidan stage in Kiev ten years in the past to the gang of a whole lot of 1000’s of Ukrainians: “Who if not us? When, if not now?”

Then she sang of hope, right this moment of ache.

With her band Dakh Daughters and a mix of Ukrainian people and trendy music, she was a kind of who gave her nation its personal cultural face. For months within the winter of 2013/2014, Ruslana Khasipova was a part of the rebellion in opposition to authoritarian President Viktor Yanukovych. In February 2014, the president fled to Russia, however what appeared like a victory was solely the start of a brand new battle. Just a number of days later, Vladimir Putin had Crimea occupied, and shortly afterwards Russian-backed separatists started the warfare in jap Ukraine. And eight years later, on February 24, 2022, Putin ordered the invasion. There has been warfare within the nation for ten years.

Khasipova fled like lots of her compatriots and was taken in together with her kids in Normandy. Like that night in Luxembourg, it’s making an attempt to shake up the West, which is now bored with warfare. But Khasipova herself is exhausted. “I understand that people here have their own problems,” is how she put it within the dialog the morning earlier than the efficiency. She talks about her five-year-old son: “We both speak Ukrainian to each other – but he already speaks French with his toys.” Like Khasipova, tens of millions of Ukrainians left their homeland. And the longer the warfare lasts, the much less probably it’s that they are going to return.

It's a good distance from tranquil Luxembourg to Kiev: no planes fly to Ukraine anymore, you first need to go to Budapest, adopted by: a day on a Hungarian prepare. A couple of hours in a darkish border city. An evening on a Ukrainian prepare. Many hours through which the farmhouses, fields and rows of bushes of Ukraine cross by the window.

February 20, 2014: Stunned by the orgy of violence

Kiev rapidly got here again to life after the preliminary shock of warfare: regardless of the Russian air raids, you possibly can eat oysters right here once more and go dancing in golf equipment – no less than in the course of the day. On this windy night originally of February, there are just a few folks on the well-known Maidan within the middle. At a peak of 60 meters, a golden, shining Slavic protecting goddess spreads her arms, on the sting stands the chunky Hotel Ukrajina. Behind it, a building pit has been ready for years – the symbolism is telling – {that a} museum of freedom might be created in it.

Ten years in the past, on the morning of February 20, 2014, via a window within the stairwell of the Hotel Ukraina, excessive above the sq., I noticed demonstrators marching in direction of the presidential administration, hunched over, hidden behind picket shields. Then you heard the hiss of pictures – and one after one other staggered, hit by particular forces bullets. When a bullet hit the window via which I used to be wanting down, I cowered in my room, shocked by the orgy of violence.

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