In late 2013 a protest against then-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Russian government birthed an encampment in the Maidan, a popular square in central Kiev. Armed with stones, molotovs, and burning tires, protestors defended their tiny territory from authorities eager to squash the rebellion.
Months of bloody violence followed that saw the dozens of deaths and abruptly culminated as Yanukovych fled to Russia. A new chapter of Ukrainian politcs began that ultimately led to a continuing saga of unrest and rebeliion across the entire country and drawing the involvement of the international community.
These scenes are from the days leading up to Yanukovych's flight where protestors would reflect on the costs of holding the sqaure.