Last night, I could barely recognise the Maidan. At approx. 11 p.m., during the night guard, the square was completely empty. Some dozen people gathered near the stage. Tiny groups wandered in the streets. The defence units draw the greatest attention. The atmosphere has changed completely since January, and even more so since December. Now everyone is much more serious, more tired, less trusting, and therefore, not so open anymore. Now, not everyone will be eager to talk with you, or to allow you space near the barrel, or show you the way somewhere. Rather, they will huff you, eye you up and down, give you short shrift. Of course, not all, and not always. The situation is understandable as the protest is constantly changing in its nature. Everyone wants it to gradually come to an end. It is not yet known whether it will end with a compromise or with a storming.
Tomorrow at eight a.m., a mass march on the Verkhovna Rada is to be held, where the meeting starts. It is possible that a new candidate for prime minister will be presented and for certain, Yanukovych shall have to do so at the meeting of the Party of Regions faction. The opposition, in turn, has an idea about how to restore the constitution. It wants to adopt a range of bills changing the rules of the operation of the Rada, the Government, etc., which in turn, will allow for the establishment of the constitutional commission. Regionalists claim they do not approve of the prospect a new constitution, they will only accept changes to the existing one.
Concerning the march: the police claim that they received no application for a permit allowing the organisation of any action, and therefore they do not intend to allow anyone access to the government quarter. The atmosphere is extremely uncertain. Some argue that nothing will happen in parliament or on the streets; others are convinced that the situation will fester and mirror the developments on Hrushevskoho Street, or even worse. Well, today, throughout the entire day, full mobilisation was organised in defence, the ‘Right Sector’ and among physicians. Defence units are carrying out ‘mock’ detonations of homemade bombs and explosions of grenades are audible, there are rumours about access to weapons, shields and protectors are being repaired, journalists are preparing bulletproof vests... In a nutshell, it is possible that the situation will be hot.
On Hrushevskoho Street, the movement of traffic was restored. Barricades were pushed to the sides, a gate was erected. During the day, the police cordon was reformed there, but it wasn’t too dense, and it allowed passers-by to walk through. The Kiev City State Administration was again seized during the night. Two right-wing organisations, unsatisfied with the compromise, stormed the building. But in the morning, the building was cleared again and transferred into the hands of the administrative services of the city council. In return, the General Prosecutor, Mr. Pszonka announced that WITHIN ONE MONTH (why so long?) all 108 criminal cases against more than 200 activists will be closed. In fact, there are many more defendants, but they were presented charges under other articles, not provided for under the amnesty law. Also, all administrative buildings in the regions were cleared.
I discovered a very interesting place; the IT tent. You can go inside an ordinary military tent, and inside it looks like a cafe: footstools, small tables, chairs, WI-FI, access to computers and all existing chargers. It's really interesting how functions in such field conditions.
Today, more people gathered. In regions, full mobilisation was announced for tomorrow. What is going to happen in some dozen hours? It's hard to say. It seems that it will be ‘us or them’. Everything is in the hands of politicians, as never before, they bear responsibility for tomorrow’s developments. If the Rada does not make a clear decision, the parliament building could be stormed; especially if even the slightest provocation transpires; this idea exists not only in my imagination. What is more, all serious activists and coordinators are very concerned.