Kharkiv on the eve of 9th May
On the eve of 9th May, Kharkiv appears drowsy and quiet. After the morning rehearsal, before the holiday parade on Svoboda square by Lenin’s monument, only a few old age pensioners remain with communist party banners, along with a dozen or so yawning militsyia men around the monument. Not a single "kolorado", but the whole of the city is full of Ukrainian flags – on pillars, walls, fences...
The Self-Defence have been working actively over the past few days with militsyia and the SBU to ensure order in the city – the authorities seem to have taken the task seriously after the riots in Odessa; all those responsible for the developments were released and now they want to make sure that no trouble will break out. I think nothing will happen.
Even though the outposts on the roads leading into the city did little to enhance my sense of security, the AutoMaidan are actively patrolling the streets at night too, and the citizens’ sector are sending their “spies” wherever the incoming titushkas settle and are providing information to the interested militsyia. Tomorrow, the events are to be held in the presence of 1500 militia men and other service officers. All pro-Ukrainian meetings have been cancelled but Father Victor, representing the Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate, today organised a truly mediaeval procession around the city to keep evil away from its borders – even though, in the spirit of the times, the procession included cars and a bus.
To add to it all, getting better after the assassination, Kernes was talking today about the Ukrainian Kharkiv and the support for the idea of Ukrainian unity... Even though all forces associated with the Maidan will be on full alert from the very morning, but if my intuition proves to be right, I could quite easily go to a holiday picnic in the afternoon.