All we need is peace
It is strangely quiet in Odessa today. Yesterday‘s Ukrainian march ended with the hoisting of the national flag in front of the trade unions building; it is only hanging at half-mast due to the announced state of mourning. An outraged crowd of pro-Russian residents is gathered around it. They are convinced that the Right Sector burned peaceful demonstrators alive and the march was an expression of joy due to this fact. They want to remove the flag, but the policemen who, after the change of government, must fulfill 'pro-Ukrainian' commands, are standing around. It is aparent that the policemen feel uncomfortable in their new role, they talk familiarly with 'pro-Russians' and are reluctant to stop the actions of activists.
Generally, in their presence I do not feel safer than before. A woman who came to lay a bunch of flowers with Ukrainian symbols on Kulikovo Field, provoked aggression. French journalists from their state Channel 5 were almost beaten as they could barely explain to the assailants that it was not the same 'fascist' Channel 5 from Kiev. Meanwhile, Bogdan, a resident of Odessa, carrying a Ukrainian flag, visits the statue of the Duke every day, and talks quietly with everyone who approaches him. He reiterates the same words most residents of Odessa utter – all we need is peace.