it means that there are still 4 essential white spaces to have a zone
of the yellow ones there are 2 essential yellow ones that need to go green
Revolution is geography and momentum needs movement no stalling
the result would be a divided Ukraine but at least half of the country would be in upheaval and not only the capital
* the regional parlement of the Crimea has asked the central government to install the state of emergency. Ther is the place where the Russian Fleet is stationed. In Moldavia there are Russian troops as peacekeepers in the breakaway maffia state Tristie. But based on this card you see that at midday today the protests haven't spread much to the east. This is also necessary to hold up the 35.000 extra paratroopers that could be send in Kiev (there are for the moment a few thousand of them in Kiev so imagine an increase with an additional 35.000)
* the movement needs urgently medical supplies and medics - maybe we need an organisation 'Medics for democracy' instead of Medicins du Monde.
* the attention span of the news and the public in Europe is not that overwhelming even if Ukraine gets many headlines and frontpages. To keep this up they need every day clear wins and photogenic events.
* there are negotiations to be expected but the results of the talks yesterday were disappointing and were refused after the hands-up vote by the demonstrators - the President meanwhile has promoted a hardliner as his chief Cabinet which doesn't sound well
* the army has said that it won't intervene and the special troops in Kiev are a militia that doesn't fall under the police. There are tanks on trains moving to Kiev. It is said that protestors are being abducted and tortured and there are also rumours about Russian operatives helping the regime. Rumours about tens of people who have disappeared although nobody is keeping a list. Maybe it is time for the Red Cross to come in ?
* the regime wanted to call in 'hired thugs' from 'fighting clubs' that are for hire and that they normally use against dissidents and competitors but hardline hooligans (from Kiev for example) and nationalist 'brigades' have stopped them (and the militias). THis has also happened in the east where the hooligans and nationalists stopped the fighting clubs from departing to Kiev. (remember Romania en Mubarak). This would enable the regime to intervene to stop the 'civil violence'.
* local administrations all over the country are being asieged, targeted or taken over - but that situation is fluid. In the best case the regional police and parliamentaries and governors resigned - in the worst case the police liberated the building and there is a standoff - with the weekend in sight it is clear that more regional administrations will have to be occupied - even if it is the nationalist party who is taking the lead in this. For the moment the accent is on the western part of the country while some cities and regions in the East are said to be in a fluid state.
* there were calls for a general strike but that hasn't materialised yet and depending on events during the weekend may even not be necessary, people in the Ukraine only earn in general 300 euro's a month so going on strike is 'not cheap'.
* EU foreign minister Ashton arrives late next week which is far too late and Poland is more than fed up and there are rumors that they are going for it alone (there is also a Solidarity video from .... Solidarity). Poland is preparing for a refugee crisis if a crackdown will come.
* Russian military are seeing Ukraine as totally essential and call this kinds of uprising a non-military essential threat to the national security of Russia. The Olympic games make it for the moment difficult to intervene.
* the Ministry of Agriculture is occupied in Kiev but that is because it is minus 20 outside and people need from time to time to get inside and it is not possible that those temperatures to stay in tents
everything is momentum now, it will flow to democracy or their chances will fade away and everybody will think, nice try but next time better ..... but for most there is no choice. It is clear that if they lose and they want to keep some democratic freedom they will have to leave. The country has a population of 45 million.
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If you are in Ukraine, get out the street and do something, reading this won't advance anything
It is now or maybe never
and you kids will ask you later : where were you the weekend the democratic revolution could win ?
and you will respond : before a computerscreen
and they will respond : like too many of you, if you would have been on the street we would still have the internet and not so many soldiers on the street and secret agents everywhere