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This is what persistence looks like in Ukraine, in one GIF

After a day on which several dozen people died in the streets of Kiev, we can all hope that the new agreement between Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition will prove durable, that the security apparatus will respect it and that it will lead to elections in which all parties feel they have a fair opportunity to pursue their political goals without resorting to violence.

The map above shows the positions of the protesters and their barricades (in red) and the police and police cordons (in blue), courtesy of Dmytro Vortman in Kiev. Several subway stations are closed there, as indicated with purple slashes. After Thursday’s violence, the protesters reclaimed some ground that they had lost over the previous weeks, but the two sides have been fighting over the same few blocks in the city’s center for a long time. The animation below shows how their positions have changed since December.

Animated map of central Kiev

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Max Ehrenfreund | February 21 at 11:11 am
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