Tobias’post below has already mentioned the letter on Tulipgirl and, like him, it reminded me of a quote, this time from Alan Moore’s graphic novel V For Vendetta:
‘It does not do to rely too much on silent majorities, Evey, for silence is a fragile thing…one loud noise, and it’s gone… Noise is relative to the silence preceding it – the more absolute the hush, the more shocking the thunderclap. Our masters have not heard the people’s voice for generations…and it is much much louder than they care to remember.’
Also via Tulipgirl, this blog is in Ukrainian, but has a lot of good pictures of what’s going on in Kiev. Le Sabot has more photos and more background analysis. Meanwhile Neeka has written a piece for the NYT (as well as being quoted in The Guardian and has an ineresting story about a protest by a TV sign language interpreter. Foreign Notes discusses the proposed swearing-in of Yanukovich as President today.
News keeps coming in from Maidan, but there have been no posts from Victor Katolyk or his friends this morning. There have been reports of Brama being offline, but it seems to be operating fine just now.
Javier Solana is now on his way to Kiev, along with President Kwasniewski of Poland, to try and mediate a solution between the two sides (the official press statement is here – pdf). It appears that early reports of Walesa’s visit yesterday were wrong and he is cautiously optimistic’ about progress being made. Indeed, he may have set the groundwork for Solana and Kwasniewksi’s visits. The Kyiv Post also reports that Lithuanian President Adamkus will also be visiting. The other important development inside Ukraine is that management imposed reporting restrictions are being lifted on many TV stations also in the Kyiv Post which refers tto the ‘regime’s grip over TV media crumbling’.
Finally, some other interesting sites or comments: Political Ukraine has background, Randy McDonald has some thoughts on Ukrainian national identity along with links to academic papers on the subject, The Russian Dilettante has several thoughts on the issue as does Siberian Light.
The live webcam feed from Independence Square is still available. And finally, back in May we had several features here about the Eurovision Song Contest (which was won by Ukraine) and now thi year’s winner Ruslana has declared she is on hunger strike in support of Yuschenko.