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Candles are laid out in the shape of the Ukrainian trident, during demonstrations in Maidan, Kyiv, Ukraine in protest against the separatist assault in Mariupol. Hundreds turn out in order to protest against Russian intervention during the Ukraine Crisis, several speakers rile against Putin and in support of Ukrainian armed forces.
Date: September 20, 2014
Location: Kiev, Ukraine
Residents of Ukraine risk to face a very cold winter. The threat of gas supplies being cut due to the current conflict sparked panic among Kievans who have already seen the prices for electric boilers jump ten-fold due to increased demand.
Heating homes depends on the supply of natural gas (including gas from Russia), used for heating and hot water. After the devaluation of the national currency, delays in pension payment and lack of jobs, many families cannot afford another big expense.
This video was filmed in the Solomenka district of Kiev, a neighborhood with a low quality of life inhabited mostly by working class, state workers and many retired citizens. The district is dominated with the blocks of Khrushchev and Brezhnev from the 60s and 70s and has an outdated infrastructure - despite multi-billion dollar loans by the World Bank and IMF to Ukraine, at the EU taxpayers’ expense, supposedly for updating the city’s worn out infrastructure.
A woman in her kitchen pours water into a pan while holding her child and puts it on a gas hob to boil
A woman plays with a child near the electrical heater
A school building
A young man with a child standing on the steps of the entrance
Public transport in the street
A Ukrainian balcony
Façade of old multi-story building with gas pipes (yellow pipes installed externally)
Façade of old multi-story building with a number of balconies
Big picture of the gas pipeline
Stickers on the wall of the building advertising house and flat insulation
Stickers advertising electrical boilers installation
A yellow gas pipe on the façade of the building, grates on the ground floor windows
An entrance of the residential apartment block painted in the colors of the national flag of Ukraine
Gas pipes on the façade of the residential buildings
Balconies with drying laundry and Ukrainian flags
A general plan of a residential apartment block
NATSOT: Kyiv woman with a child in her apartment
VO: The woman has a decent apartment, however, the heating, electricity and gas supply system is shared with all the other people residing in the apartment block. The current situation requires changes to enable electrical heating, however, current power allowances will not sustain the simultaneous use of electric heating by all the residents.
“At present, our family uses an electrical kettle or we heat the water on the gas hob. However, if we install the electric boiler we will have to pay significantly more for the electricity. It would be a big hit to the family budget. We cannot pay more than we pay now. Furthermore, when all the residents rely exclusively on electricity the system can get overloaded and not only will they be unable to use an electrical kettle, but electrical heaters either.”
NATSOT: A woman with a stroller in the street
VO: This woman is seriously considering spending winter out of town, where wood/coal heating is available and the electricity prices are one and a half times lower compared to those in the capital. She mentions the price of the boiler being over 5,000 UAH, plus the cost of installation. This amount equals to her salary for two months or a retiree pension for half a year.
“Naturally, I am against gas and the hot water cut off. The maximum that we can do is to insulate our windows, exactly what we’ve done. I am not letting us get cold in the winter. We will fight the cold. We will either use the electric heaters or, maybe we will have to leave the city and stay with relatives in the country. This would be possible if the winter break were longer than usual. We certainly will get a boiler installed at home because we are a family of four.”
Journalist: “did you research already the availability and the price of boilers?”
“Last time we inquired about the price in the summer, when we were carrying out a refurbishment. It was expensive even then: around 5,000 to 6,000 UAH. Scary to think how much they may cost now.”
NATSOT: A woman in the street
VO: One woman spoke of a form of about cooperation between the residents where the group makes a joint decision to install gas and water meters. They are trying to come up with the best financial solution. Many insulate windows and walls, but esidents do not believe that gas tanks can be filled in quantities sufficient for the winter. People do not trust the authorities or the new mayor of Kiev, world boxing champion, Vitaly Klichko.
“The fact that there is no hot water in the whole city is incredibly inconvenient. So, what do maintenance companies do to improve the situation? They blame the water supply authorities. The water supply authorities blame electricity suppliers. As for us, we have no idea who is really responsible. As a result there is no hot water. At the same time, the gas prices went up and we have to pay for both the gas we use to heat the water and for the hot water we do not receive. We are paying twice. The residents are very unhappy with that. We had to buy plenty of synthetic foam to insulate the walls. What else can we say? When it comes to the electrical heater, energy consumption is not their main downside. It is rather the dry air and the danger of burning oxygen. This is especially noticeable with my little granddaughter, whose skin is getting very dry when the electric heaters are on. I borrowed such a heater a few days ago and returned it. I do not want to use those.”
NATSOT: Two elderly women, sitting on the bench.
VO: Nevertheless, not all Ukrainians complain. Many are prepared to face the hardship, as they understand that the country is at war; and living in the cold is better than being bombed by the Russian Army. That’s what two elderly residents said, sitting on the bench near the apartment block they live in.
“Cold winter is better than the war. Peace is the most important thing. One can survive the winter, but hot water and radiators will be of little use against shelling. That is it. If there is electricity one can turn the heater on, if not – we will have to rely on warm duvets, coats and hats. I want to stress once again: I am not afraid of the cold. But I am very much afraid of the war. I am afraid that they will shoot and we don’t know where to hide. We have nowhere to run. That’s why all we can do is sit here and wait.”
A woman begs police not to demolish the barricades and tents.
Activists and police clash in the Ukrainian capitalÕs center after communal workers tried to dismantle the Maidan protestors' camp. This follows a months-old conflict over the camp between pro-democracy protestors and the city administration.
Activists argue with the police, who don military equipment. They have come to dismantle the camp set up in Kiev's Maidan square.
Police evacuate a wounded colleague from the Maidan camp where protestors clash with authorities who want to dismantle their camp.
A Cossack taking part in the protests stands before a pile of burning tires that fills the air with thick smoke.
A photographer walks by a tire fire extinguished by local authorities as they try to remove protestors from Maidan square.
Activists throw tires in the fire.
Police detained a young man who they believed to be carrying a bomb.
Young man wears a gas mask to protect himself from the thick smoke of burning tires and in case tear gas is used by the police, who are trying to remove protestors from Kiev's Maidan square.
Nowadays barricades and the camp city at the Independent square in Kyiv attract many tourists. But Kyiv citizens as well like to come there and walk around. They give a big support to protesters.
People who were killed in the center of Kyiv during winter riots are called Heaven's Hundred. On this days many people from different ukrainian and foreign cities come to places where protesters were murdered. They bring a lot of flowers and candles.
Christian icon on the Independent square
Man holding the national flag near the Parliament building
The entrance to the Parliament building guarded by Self Guard
"Life is one. Live"
A metal column pierced by a police bullet.
Photos of killed protesters at the spot where they were shot.
Traces of sniper bullets on the stamp.
People praying for murdered protesters.
Broken street lamp on the Independent square
Blood at the spot where a protester was shot.
People at Maidan in the Evening.
Young men from Self Guard walk by citizens
Young man playing with a phone on barricades
Two men talking near the burned truck
Priest blesses a boy who is playing a piano near the City Council
Saint Michael Monastery became a medical center during riots in Kiev
Foreighn toursit makes photo of barricades
People praying for the killed protester.
Street cleaners gather debris on the Hrushevskyy street
The lawmaker and opositioner Oleg Lyashko is speaking with citizens
Citizens passing antigovernment posters near the Parliamant House
Kiev citizens bring flowers to memorial places
Bullet traces on a tree where a protester was killed.
Flowers and candles on the "New Ukraine" art-installation .
People walking by the unburnt tires at the Independent square.
Kiev citizens standing near the flowers on the Independent square.
All setts from Independent square were taken for protesters self defence