Ukraine’s Bloody Thursday Swells the Ranks of the Revolution

All around the world people are revolting against their corrupt government and what are we doing? #Thinkabouthat

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On Thursday evening, Olga Gurina begged off work early, cooked a quick dinner for her teenage son and rushed to the Mikhailovsky monastery in her hometown of Kiev, where a field hospital had been set up to treat the wounded from that day’s revolutionary violence. She found herself at the center of a city-wide mobilization. That morning, police had openly used live ammunition against protesters for the first time since the uprising began in November. Dozens of people were killed. But instead of frightening the protesters away, it brought them out by the many thousands to help the revolt in whatever way they could.

Gurina, a middle-aged retail manager, offered the paramedic’s training she remembered from her student years. The monastery’s refectory had been turned into an operating room, with beds laid out beneath the gilded icons of Orthodox saints. In the entryway, a nurse in a surgical mask asked…

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