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Ukrainian Woman's YouTube Video Goes Viral

Ukrainian Girl's Video Goes Viral On YouTubei
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.

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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.

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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.

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