The Fight for Ukraine: Last Days of the Revolution

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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.

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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


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

Author — PugnaciousBadger


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


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

Author — DeepBlue


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

Author — Chris Hamilton


Very sad, very sad. Hope this country comes to peace as united one country. Glory to Ukraine.

Author — Dardania Lion


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

Author — The Spastic Mind Of A Stoned Guy


God bless the medics out there, true respect ✊

Author — Adrock 69


Logan Paul shows a dead body
Vice: Hold my beer



Peace to Ukraine. Hope you pull yourself's out of this, and I wish the best of luck to you all. What was once a peaceful protest, became something more violent than I have ever imagined happening in modern day times.

Author — BritishCyborgCats


It is amazing that after watching this, people still can be "Pro Russian", for the lack of a better term.

How can people still be so stupid?   

Stupid people, explain yourselves.

Author — human151


(21:25) I just saw Putin in in the army.

Author — charles dawson


Besides all the people shouting about Nazis, and Russians, and wither they are good or bad and what not, I'd like to thank VICE for the amazing coverage they've done throughout this campaign. Their reporters are some of the top in the world to go where go and do what they do. Hats off to you VICE, thanks alot.

Author — IdioticProgramming


The Ukraine is strong and has survived tyranny before, glory to Ukraine 🇺🇦

Author — PaperMind


This is an revolution not war but whats the diffrence tho😐




Someone can tell me how is the situation of Ukraine in 2019?

Author — Douglas Crypto


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

Author — Ryan Duff


I’m glad I live in USA, right now.

This is horrible.

Author — Spaghetti Souls


Viktor Yanukovych, that bastard! He lied about not requesting military intervention from Russia.

The beans has been spilled. This guy is by far the WORSE elected president ive ever seen

Author — Joel Lum