The Fight for Ukraine: Last Days of the Revolution

  • 🎬 Video
  • ℹ️ Description
The Fight for Ukraine: Last Days of the Revolution 5

February 2014, Ukraine's Euromaidan revolution against the government of Viktor Yanukovych had reached another stalemate after the violence in late January. But on the 18th, massive and fatal clashes broke out between police and protesters outside the Ukrainian parliament building, the Rada.

After hours of fierce fighting, the protesters were pushed back onto their last lines of defense in Independence square and just about forced the police back after an attempt to clear the square. Once the dust had settled almost 30 police and protesters had been killed, on a day where firearms were used openly by both sides for the first time.

Vice News arrived a day later to a city on lockdown and Independence square resembling a dystopian protest nightmare, fires burning, everything covered in black ash and the protesters themselves looked tired and desperate as a fragile truce held throughout the night.

The next day however set of a chain of events that would leave dozens of protesters dead, Yanukovych fleeing the country and the protesters firmly in control of parliament. This film tracks the last days of the Euromaidan revolution, from the mass killings of protesters by the police on 20th February, to the day Yanukovych fled his private estate, leaving behind a wealth of incriminating documents linking him to fraud, corruption and possibly even attempted murder.

Within days an interim government, made up of protest figures and opposition MPs was in power and presidential elections were set for the 25th May. However, since the end of the revolution the new government has had to face a nosediving economy, the Russian annexation of Crimea and now a violent bid for independence by pro-Russian separatists in the east. After a violent and chaotic 6 months, the election gives the country a chance to look towards a future of closer links to the EU and a chance to end the corruption that dominates Ukrainian society.

Follow VICE News here:

💬 Comments on the video

This really blew my mind because I always look at it like it's a movie but it's not, if someone gets hurt no one calls cut, the dead will not get up after the scene because they are *really* dead.  I can't believe what it must feel like to stand there with a sniper somewhere not knowing if your next breath will be your last.

Author — Luke Lemmons


Do not be sad for those who died for the revolution be happy that they fought for it and for what they believed was right Glory to ukraine. From Finland.

Author — the gamer2047


Thanks alot for this reportage. we ukrainians can't defeat the russian propaganda and hordes of trolls alone. this video maybe the most precious gift for the new year for us. Thank you guys! forgive us for inconvenience. we had no choice. peace to you.

Author — Ivan Salenko


God bless the medics out there, true respect ✊

Author — Adrock 69


We the people of Hong Kong are modelling after the brave souls of Ukraine in fight against totalitarianism! May victory belong to the people! #StandWithHongKong #FightForFreedom 🇭🇰🇭🇰

Author — OG for days


Title of the video: last days of the revolution.
2019: it’s still goin’ guys

Author — Chris Hamilton


Vladimir Putin has a 100 million dollar house one the edge of the black sea, can anyone say corruption??

Author — DeepBlue


"in case of revolution, break the glass" XD

Author — jodude5


When that woman was crying over her kid I was about to burst into tears rip to all victims

Author — IceBlueBuggsy -JAL


0:04 Lights self on fire with molotov. Yeah that just happened.

Author — The Spastic Mind Of A Stoned Guy


Regardless which story is true, it's amazing how people unite and with no weapons or supplies, overthrow a government. People still have the power :)

Author — Eduardo Hernandez


I cant tell what would be worse, living under corrupt ukranian government or russian gov. Tough choice.

Author — Ryan Duff


Damn seeing the women cry and calling for their friend/relative at 6:33 was too much for me... This what war brings, death, pain, injustice and more death.There can be no winner in a war, much less in a civil war...

Author — Fey Lep


8:54 That's really sad and makes me feel proud that I am Ukrainian!

Author — Victor Hetman


I remember watching livestreams of Euromaidan every night after work, when it was happening. Truly a mindblowing time we live in.. RIP to the fallen Ukrainians

Author — Green Kid


Ukraine survived the Nazis and the Soviets. They will also survive Putin's invasion.

Author — PugnaciousBadger


Peace, love, unity, and respect for our Ukrainian brothers.

From Indonesia,
With loads of love.

Author — Muhammad Nidhal


2:14 does that fella know his helmets on backwards XD

Author — kurluk04


Glory to Ukraine from the fighting Irish, Martyrs live forever and heroes never die.

Author — anon ymous


This gonna be America after Minneapolis incident and protests causing riots across the nation.

Author — Brad Marchand