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The Faces of the Ukrainian Uprising: the Ultimate Sacrifice

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Not unlike the American Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring, Ukrainian citizens - many young and full of energy and idealism - are fighting to declare independence from the rich, ruling class of unethical politicians, and return the power to the people. 

Protester Ustyn Golodnuk, 19, a student from the town of Zbarazh in the Ternopil region in Western Ukraine, was to meet up with his father on Oktyabrskaya Street, according to His father told him to be careful. Ustyn laughed saying  "Dad, don't worry! I have a magic helmet, ... and nothing will happen to me."

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Grief-striken father identifies his son in makeshift morgue by

Soon after, the father was holding a bloody helmet and identifying his son's body in the lobby of the Hotel Ukraine, which is being used as a temporary morgue.

Olga Bogomolets, the chief doctor of the mobile clinic said, "The sniper or snipers have worked professionally. All injured in the heart or in the head. All killed by bullet caliber 7.62 mm [Dragunov sniper rifle]. They shot to kill."

"I don't know whether Yanukovych to stand on his knees in front of me, but I know for sure that he must go before an International Tribunal for what he has done to my country and to my son," says the father. (Microsoft translator)

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According to Kyivpost, at least 49 were slain on Feb 20, bringing the total death toll to at least 75.  

At least 49 slain on Feb 20. by

Many of the slain have been posted on Facebook pages, including these:


Andrei Chernenko, 35, father of a 7-month-old, died February 19.

Village Golodnûk, 20. by

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Village Golodnûk, 20, was a volunteer for the Democratic Alliance.  He died on February 20 at the Hotel Ukraine as a result of gunshot wounds in the head.

Bajdovs.²kij Sergey, 23. by

Bajdovs'kij Sergey, 23, was killed from a gunshot wound on February 20.

Igor Tkachuk, 38, husband and father of three, killed by a sniper. by

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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