There was food in the stores, and currency in the ATMs, and the men with guns were, on the whole, much less likely to detain you.
The question needs to become, which truth are they telling, and for whom?
Had all those bombs meant nothing?
Are there alternative paths Ukraine could follow?
The roadside advertisements all pulsate with the same messages: corruption, desperation, money laundering, patriotism.
The following symposium does not pretend to be definitive about a difficult and in many ways tragic situation. But it does hope to shed light on some aspects of post-Maidan Ukraine that are less often discussed in the West. Anastasiya Osipova reflects on the emotional pressure of life in Kyiv; Tony Wood asks where neoliberal reforms are going to take Ukraine; Sophie Pinkham describes the logic of decommunization; Keith Gessen looks at Western media depictions of the Russia-Ukraine conflict over the past two years; and Nina Potarskaya recalls the trials and tribulations of the Ukrainian left since the protests began on Maidan in November 2013.