Europe

Saturday 12 July 2014

Meet the mystery woman who has become the face of the Ukraine fight

'I know that maybe tomorrow we will have no phone, no internet connection and we will be alone here. Maybe they will murder us one after another'

Caitlin McBride

Published 19/02/2014|11:35

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One young woman has become the face of the uprising in the Ukraine, while maintaining complete anonymity.

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The woman, in her 20s, bravely stepped in front of the camera with filmmaker Ben Moses, to record an international plea for support and assistance.

Yesterday, 25 people were killed in fighting between anti-government protesters and police in the capital Kiev, the Ukrainian Health Ministry confirmed.

"I want you to know why thousands of people all over my country are on the streets," she introduced the video, which features scenes of chaos and destruction between protesters and police.

It was first published on February 10 and has since racked up nearly one million views on You Tube.

"There is only one reason - we want to be free of a dictatorship. We want to be free from the politicians who work only for themselves.

"I want the people who are here, who have dignity, who are brave; I want them to live a normal life.

"We are civilised people but our government are barbarians," she adds.

The woman then adds that protesters live in daily fear of being isolated from the rest of the world and has begged for international intervention.

"I know that maybe tomorrow we will have no phone, no internet connection and we will be alone here. Maybe they will murder us one after another," she says.

Anti-government protesters gather behind a barricade during clashes with Interior Ministry members and riot police in central Kiev February 18, 2014. Ukrainian riot police fought protesters occupying a central Kiev square early on Wednesday after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence. Picture taken February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maks Levin (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
Anti-government protesters gather behind a barricade during clashes with Interior Ministry members and riot police in central Kiev February 18, 2014. Ukrainian riot police fought protesters occupying a central Kiev square early on Wednesday after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence. Picture taken February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maks Levin

Mr Moses refused to divulge any personal information about her as to ensure her safety.

"Meeting the people in the protests -- many families with children -- and hearing their stories propelled me to try and do something to spread the word about what their issues really are," he explained to the Huffington Post.

"This young woman personifies the vast majority of the people on the streets in the country, and speaks to the heart of the protest. The vast 99% are not thugs or neo-Nazis, they are ordinary citizens who have simply had enough."

The video is linked with a group called the 'Maidaners', a 'project is about the people who have helped and inspired Ukrainian Euromaidan'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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