Rich Myers: Ukrainians cannot wear their own flag outside of protected areas without fear

Rich Myers: Ukrainians cannot wear their own flag outside of protected areas without fear

People hand these ribbons out at Maidan – most affix them to their jackets and wear them proudly. After all, yellow and blue are the colors of the Ukrainian flag!

(Photo: Rich Myers)

To understand how truly unfortunate the situation is over here, consider that wearing yellow and blue in any configuration – not just a ribbon from Maidan, but a little tie on your collar, a bracelet, or Ukrainian flags stuck to your car – outside of the protected circle around Independence Square – can get you hurt. Roaming squads of men paid by the government look for the colors. This is not a separatist symbol, or an inflammatory message – it is the Ukrainian flag. Ukrainians cannot wear their own flag outside of protected areas without fear.

Imagine, as an American, if you couldn’t wear the USA flag in certain areas without fear of attack. This is the situation in Kyiv now.

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1 Response to Rich Myers: Ukrainians cannot wear their own flag outside of protected areas without fear

  1. kievlive says:

    that’s true.. my young daughter was attack in bus by old women (with a lot of dirty words), and in school we had conflict because of blue-yellow ribbons.

    I notice then when i use this ribbons outside of maidan some people and police had indulgent sight like i did something very wrong

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