News / Europe

Ukrainian Woman's YouTube Video Goes Viral

Ukrainian Girl's Video Goes Viral On YouTubei
X
April 01, 2014 4:07 AM
A video showing Ukrainian protests at their worst has gone viral after an outspoken Ukrainian woman featured in it posted the footage on YouTube. Millions of people viewed the video, titled "I Am a Ukrainian," in just the first two weeks, and the numbers are growing. Video maker Yulia Marushevska, who is a university student in Ukraine's capital, visited VOA Monday and discussed the idea that led to her powerful form of protest. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Zlatica Hoke
A video showing Ukrainian protests at their worst has gone viral after an outspoken Ukrainian woman featured in it posted the footage on YouTube. Millions of people viewed the video, titled "I Am a Ukrainian," in just the first two weeks, and the numbers are growing.
 
In the two-minute video clip, filmed by British photographer Graham Mitchell in Kyiv, Yulia Marushevska, a university student in Ukraine's capital, explains why so many people came out in the streets of Ukraine. 
 
“There is only one reason: they want to be free from a dictatorship, they want to be free from the politicians who are ready to shoot, to beat, to injure people just for saving their money, just for saving their houses, just for saving their power," said Marushevska.
 
Marushevska told VOA the Ukrainians' fight for freedom is of interest to people worldwide because it is not only a political fight, but a universal fight of people for freedom and human rights.
 
"They understood that we are not just fighting for another president, we are fighting for a normal human life, on a normal social level, with normal values.  It was very common, very ordinary and that's why they understood it," she said.
 
Marushevska said her video and others from Ukraine attracted increased attention when protesters refused to leave Kyiv's central square, even after more than 70 people were killed in clashes with police.
 
"I think that people were trying to find the answer why someone can go and die.  What should be the motivation of a person who is going and dying - what for?  I think for the whole world that's a hard question."
 
California-based filmmaker Ben Moses helped produce and draw attention to Marushevska's video. He said more than 7 million people viewed it in the first two weeks on YouTube, and the figure has since grown by another million. He said the video is especially compelling because of Marushevska's simplicity and honesty.
 
"It was so astonishing as a matter of fact that the Russians got terrified and turned on their propaganda machine full-bore to trash her as a prostitute or as a waitress from Philadelphia or something like that," said Moses.
 
But Marushevska said her protest is not directed specifically at Russia. She said she is aware that the revolution alone is not enough to get rid of corruption in Ukrainian politics.
 
As Ukraine's May 25 presidential election approaches, the outspoken student from Kyiv says she wants a real democracy, not the illusion of democracy she said Ukraine had before.

You May Like

Photogallery Snowstorm Sweeps Northeastern US

'This is nothing like we feared it would be,' New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says; he had earlier warned storm could be one of worst the city has ever faced More

Millions of Displaced Nigerians Struggle With Daily Existence

Government acknowledges over a million people displaced in 2014 due to fight against Boko Haram insurgency More

Facebook: Internal Error to Blame for Outages

Temporary outage appeared to spill over and temporarily slow or block traffic to other major Internet sites More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Bill Fotsch from: US
April 01, 2014 1:19 PM
This Ukrainian university student's simple, but powerful words are such a clear light, in sharp contrast to the political propaganda provided by both Putin, or for that matter, the embarrassing, impotent, self-serving response of Mr. Obama. They say the truth will set you free. I hope it does for Yulia, and for all people speaking up and struggling for freedom.


by: Quantum Ice braker from: Anywhere you need me
April 01, 2014 8:42 AM
People like this lady will shift the ol school tug of war.
Puttin's comraderie mindset does not have many arguments against her words :)
I think it's just a matter of time until Russian's system implodes in itself. Puttin's propaganda will not be able to stop message's like this one.

In Response

by: John Culley from: United States
April 06, 2014 1:26 PM
A number of feminist dissident female punk rock bands inside Russia have been trying to tell the world about Putin for years despite imprisonment in the notorious gulags, chemical acid attacks my young male thugs with military haircuts and horse whippings by Cossacks at the Sochi Olympics. At long last American media people like Madonna have noticed them.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Obama Urges Closer Economic Ties During Historic India Visiti
X
Aru Pande
January 26, 2015 9:33 PM
U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and India must do better to capitalize on untapped potential in their economic relationship - by removing some of the roadblocks to greater trade and investment. As VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports from New Delhi, Obama spoke after participating in India’s Republic Day celebration.
Video

Video Obama Urges Closer Economic Ties During Historic India Visit

U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and India must do better to capitalize on untapped potential in their economic relationship - by removing some of the roadblocks to greater trade and investment. As VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports from New Delhi, Obama spoke after participating in India’s Republic Day celebration.
Video

Video US, EU Threaten New Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama has blamed Russia for an attack by Ukrainian separatists that left dozens dead in the port of Mariupol and cast further doubt on the viability of last year’s cease-fire with the Kyiv government. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington.
Video

Video White House Grapples With Yemen Counterterrorism Strategy

Reports say the U.S. has carried out a drone strike on suspected militants in Yemen, the first after President Barack Obama offered reassurances the U.S. is continuing its counterterrorism operations in the country. The future of those operations has been in question following the collapse last week of Yemen’s government. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Kerry Warns Against Violence in Nigeria Election

US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Nigeria Sunday in a show of the level of concern within the U.S. and the international community over next month’s presidential election. Chris Stein reports.
Video

Video Zoo Animals Show Their Artistic Sides

The pursuit of happiness is so important, America's founding fathers put it in the Declaration of Independence. Any zookeeper will tell you animals need enrichment, just like humans do. So painting, and even music, are part of the Smithsonian National Zoo's program to keep the animals happy. VOA’s June Soh met some animal artists at the zoo in Washington. Faith Lapidus narrates.
Video

Video Worldwide Photo Workshops Empower Youth

Last September, 20 young adults from South Sudan took part in a National Geographic Photo Camp. They are among hundreds of students from around the world who have learned how to use a camera to tell the stories of the people in their communities through the powerful medium of photography. Three camp participants talked about their experiences recently on a visit to Washington. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video Saudi, Yemen Developments Are Sudden Complications for Obama

The death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and the collapse of Yemen’s government have cast further uncertainty on U.S. efforts to fight militants in the Middle East and also contain Iran’s influence in the region. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports on the new complications facing the Obama administration and its Middle East policy.
Video

Video Progress, Some Areas of Disagreement in Cuba Talks

U.S. and Cuban officials are reporting progress from initial talks in Havana on re-establishing diplomatic ties. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State (for Western Hemisphere Affairs) Roberta Jacobson said while there was agreement on a broad range of issues, there also are some “profound disagreements” between Washington and Havana. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
Video

Video US, Japan Offer Lessons as Eurozone Launches Huge Stimulus

The Euro currency has fallen sharply after the European Central Bank announced a bigger-than-expected $67 billion-a-month quantitative easing program Thursday - commonly seen as a form of printing new money. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London on whether the move might rescue the eurozone economy -- and what lessons have been learned from similar programs around the world.
Video

Video Nigerian Elections Pose Concern of Potential Conflict in 'Middle Belt'

Nigeria’s north-central state of Kaduna has long been the site of fighting between Muslims and Christians as well as between people of different ethnic groups. As the February elections approach, community and religious leaders are making plans they hope will keep the streets calm after results are announced. Chris Stein reports from the state capital, Kaduna.
Video

Video As Viewership Drops, Obama Puts His Message on YouTube

Ratings reports show President Obama’s State of the Union address this week drew the lowest number of viewers for this annual speech in 15 years. White House officials anticipated this, and the president has decided to take a non-traditional approach to getting his message out. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video S. Korean Businesses Want to End Trade Restrictions With North

Business leaders in South Korea are calling for President Park Geun-hye to ease trade restrictions with North Korea that were put in place in 2010 after the sinking of a South Korean warship.Pro-business groups argue that expanding trade and investment is not only good for business, it is also good for long-term regional peace and security. VOA’s Brian Padden reports.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid