Activists on the Maidan: Sunday bliss was spreading along Khreshchatyk. The people walked slowly, drank coffee and sat on the benches – fortunately for the first time in several days the sun came out . Meanwhile, on Maidan Nezalezhnosti, supporters of the “Democratic Sokyra” (“axe” in Ukrainian) party were installing a banner with an inscription in English “thank you, friends!”.
– What is it? – I go up to the bearded organizer.
– It is we who thank the countries that help us with the supply of weapons.
– Will there be a war?
“Sooner or later, of course, it will,” the bearded man laughs for some reason.
Gradually, people with posters and signs “thank you” in different languages begin to gather on the square. There were about 150 people. Someone wrote the words on the cardboard, someone on the back of the wall calendar.
– I found out about the action yesterday on Facebook, I wanted to come to support, – Victoria tells me.
She is 40. She says that she is not going to run away from Kiev.
– If necessary, I will help the army of Ukraine, we will fight with Russia! she declares boldly.
– Do you seriously believe in it?
– Of course we do!
– The Russians will sweep you off the face of the earth! We want to say “thank you” to our friends for giving us weapons. We are surrounded! We must stand up for ourselves! one of the rally organizers shouted into the microphone.
The people clapped and hooted.
– The Russians will pass through Ukraine, attack Estonia, Lithuania, and then move the war towards Germany! The man continued to yell into the microphone.
– Let’s shout “dakaya” (thank you), – suggested another.
– Thanks! Thank you! the crowd shouted.
– You can write kind words to our partners here, on paper! Do not be shy! called the host.
Several people came up and scribbled something.
Some of the passers-by came up to look at the gathering of militarists, most of them passed by.
There was a woman with a banner next to me. We met. It’s called Victoria. She admitted that she is a member of the Democratic Party.
– Our party conducts exercises on weekdays. These are first aid courses and shooting lessons. I have not yet gone, but I will definitely go, ”she said.
And then she told a funny story.
– Yesterday I saw a security guard in a bulletproof vest at the market, I came up and asked: “Are you from the defense industry?”. He replies: “No, the body armor is my own. He fought in the Donbass, so he stayed.” And I told him: “I don’t know how to shoot. And my eyesight is very bad, glasses. And he replies: “Yes, you don’t need to know how! If the mess starts, you load and go, shoot in all directions, the main thing is to shoot back!
I vividly imagined this woman of 60 years old, who, in the image of the heroes of Sylvester Stallone, walks and blindly shoots back. Even laugh at this nonsense and naivety, even cry.
Maidan activists stretch out another colorful poster. On it Zelensky and the inscription “forgive us for him.” That is, forgive my friends from NATO, that our Ukrainian President Zelensky hesitates and does not want to fight with Russia. And here you are – NATO members, our real like-minded people. Well, I think they will fly into Zelensky eggs or tomatoes now. Fortunately, it worked out.
I go up to an intelligent-looking man. Stands with three women. They are with thank-you posters, he is without.
Upon learning that I am from Russia, the faces of women are distorted. They start telling me about the “aggressor country” and “separatists from Donbass”. The man remains calm.
– If the war, then what … – I ask him.
– I’m going to fight. Since 2014, I have been helping the army of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, repairing equipment, buying thermal imagers – each costs 1.5-2 thousand dollars – and sending them to the army, – Svyatoslav tells me.
My interlocutors admit that they are ready to risk themselves, but they took care of their children.
– Each of us keeps in mind where to send the child in case of war. Basically, it’s Europe. It’s the easiest, they say.
On the other side of Khreshchatyk, an alternative party is emerging. It is the Belarusians living in Kiev who took part in the action against Lukashenka. On Sundays, various actions are often held on Khreshchatyk. A sort of popular entertainment.
“We welcome everyone who is against the dictatorship,” Ukrainians say.
But they did not rejoice for long. After 30 minutes, the Belarusians rolled up the flags and dispersed.
Ukrainian champions of NATO lasted longer – for an hour. And then they also went home, but to cafes.