“Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are demonstrating openly, furious with President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision in late 2013 to scrap a landmark deal with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia. Since November there have been threats of all-out violence, but as of this weekend it’s been total mayhem outside in the Kiev cold. […] After a day of bloodshed, negotiations may finally be getting underway: Ukrainian opposition leaders are now set to meet President Yanukovich. Former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, one of those opposition leaders, said he will lead pro-European Union protesters “on the attack” if elections are not called. Yanukovich has asked the speaker of parliament to hold an emergency session next week to discuss the crisis. It’s amazing to think that Ukraine might fall into civil war, and one of the best heavyweights of the past 20 years will be leading the opposition.”
The NY Times reports that the “Ukrainian government used telephone technology to pinpoint the locations of cell phones in use near clashes between riot police officers and protesters early on Tuesday.” Vice Magazine breaks down the, yes, Orwellian implications of this.
The photos over at HyperVocal are unreal. Staggering, really. I can’t imagine anyone topping them for the Pulitzer Prize this year.