The chronicles of Maidan. The night of January 21 — 22 (updated)

Tuesday evening. 

8:20 p.m. Near the entrance to Dynamo stadium the activists began to throw Molotov cocktails and paving stones at the subdivisions of the internal troops.  Previously the soldiers of Berkut retreated to the gates of the stadium, making a space, where the priests of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchy read prayers. At the moment the priests are standing in rows between Berkut and the protesters, who are throwing stones and fusees at them, thus covering up the police.

8:40 p.m. The correspondent of the news agency Kharkov got to know that the priests from Desyatinny Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos were in Kiev.

8:50 p.m. The opposition, standing in front of the stadium, split into two groups.  One group continues throwing stones at priests, who are not going away and are not moving, another group approached the police and stands there asking their former companions to stop provoking the law enforcement officers.

9:35 p.m. A priest holding an icon, who got on the bus, which stood in the middle of the street, in order to stop the confrontation, was pulled off the roof of that bus.  At the same time, a service is being held between the national security and the opposition in Hrushevskogo Street. From the side of the barricades some people direct the laser pointers and powerful flood lights in the direction of the journalists standing near the police, thus not allowing recording the faces of the people, who attacked the police

9: 45 p.m. The priests under the hail of stones retreated to Hrushevskogo Street. One of the people, who participated in the service, was wounded: he was hit by a paving stone. People began to use smoke boxes.

10:05 p.m. The attackers use petrol mortar. Internal troops were brought to the square. There is the first victim among them: the guy’s leg was hit by a paving stone.

10:13 p.m. Fighters begun to dismantle barricades from their side near the colonnade. They are preparing to attack.

10:18 p.m. The rebels are throwing gas boxes at the internal troops.  It is likely, that these are the ones, which they took away from the national security during the previous clashes.

11:05 p.m. The rebels are catapulting the internal troops with screw-nuts and use traumatic weapons from behind the fence of the stadium. The police do not use the gas.

Ольга Бузыка


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