SHIELD-MAIDANS OF DIGNITY & FREEDOM
November 21, 2022. OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA. Today, the people of Ukraine and Ukrainians all over the world mark the Day of Dignity and Freedom. On November 21, 2013, the Ukrainian people rose up to defend their right to choose their own common destiny and their right to freedom and democracy.
In the ensuing months, on Kyiv’s Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) and in cities and towns throughout the country the Ukrainian people faced increasing authoritarianism, repression and violence from the regime. The Revolution of Dignity united the country – from east to west, from north to south, the Ukrainian people demanded their government respect their rights.
On February 18-20, 2014, the regime opened fire on its own people. Months of peaceful demonstrations were met by the Yanukovych regime with increasing repression and political violence. On February 18-20, 2014, the Yanukovych regime opened fire on its own people. But the Maidan withstood the regime’s assault and the regime retreated. Yanukovych fled, abdicating his office. The Ukrainian people succeeded in defending their freedom.
More than 100 brave Ukrainian patriots were killed in those days by Yanukovych’s security forces. Their names and their faces are today etched upon stone in Ukraine’s capital. They shall forever be remembered as the Heavenly Hundred – Небесна Сотня – and they gave their lives so that Ukraine may be free. We honour their memory. Вічная Пам’ять.
The freedom that was won amid the fires of the Maidan is today defended by the Ukrainian people against the genocidal war that Russia wages. Russia seeks to destroy Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, and subject Ukraine to Moscow’s tyranny. Thousands of brave Ukrainian patriots have given their lives in defence of Ukraine’s liberty. They join the Heavenly Hundred in the hearts of a grateful nation.
Russian despotism will be defeated. The Ukrainian people will be victorious – for light always defeats darkness, and justice always defeats evil. The valour and determination of the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian Armed Forces today inspires the world. As we mark the Day of Dignity and Freedom, we pray for Ukraine’s victory and we pledge to do all that we can to make sure that day of victory come as swiftly as possible.
Thank You Canadian Ukrainian Congress for the above words of strength.
Revolution of Dignity
The struggle of Ukrainian citizens for their rights, which received the name “Euromaidan”, and later the Revolution of Dignity, was the largest event in the recent history of Ukraine and a logical continuation of the defense of human and citizen rights.
On November 21, 2013, one and a half thousand people took to the square in protest against the fact that pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign the document that the state had been working toward for years: the agreement on Ukraine’s associate membership in the European Union. On the night of November 30, several hundred activists, mostly students, continued to remain on the streets. They were brutally dispersed by the police, in response to which hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the center of Kyiv on December 1. Militia arbitrariness summoned people outraged by corruption, usurpation of power, policy of Russification and rapprochement with Russia.
European integration slogans gave the continuous rally the name Euromaidan. Having turned into a project of complete renewal of the state system, it was called the Revolution of Dignity. People demanded to punish those responsible for the pogrom of the demonstrators.
After the brutal beating of the youth by the special units of the security forces on the main square of Kyiv – Independence Square, the protest movement turned into a long campaign of civil disobedience to the ruling regime, corruption and human rights violations.
Campaigns of solidarity and support of the Ukrainian protesters took place in more than 20 countries. The largest took place in various cities of Canada, USA, Germany, Poland, Great Britain, Italy and France. Local activists organized protests in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Georgia, Estonia, Spain, Portugal, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic and many other countries of the world.
On the 61st day of the Maidan, the first two activists were shot at the protest site. At that time there were already two dead outside the confrontation sites. For exactly one more month, the authorities will try to clear the city center of protesters. On the night of February 22, 2014, President Yanukovych fled to Russia on a chartered flight. 107 victims of the Revolution of Dignity have been officially identified. Most of the heroes of the “Heavenly Hundred” died of gunshot wounds on February 20, 2014.
Initially, there were 108 people on the list of the Heavenly Hundred. In 2015, the investigation and court verdict clarified the figure. It was established that the death of one of the hundred – Vyacheslav Vorona – occurred as a result of events unrelated to the Maidan.
Tactically, Euromaidan achieved the escape of the president-dictator, the resignation of the government. After the elections, Ukraine chose a European vector of development – it became an associate member of the EU, its citizens received the right to enter the European Union without a visa, as a result of the Free Trade Zone with the EU, trade with European countries began to grow.
Strategically, the country turned its back on its past, the “prison of nations”, as the Soviet Union was popularly called in our country, and became the face of civilized states.
Thank You Maidan Website for the above History.
Ustym Holodnyuk was shot in the head by one of Mad Vlad Putin’s KGB snipers while wearing a blue peacekeepers helmet.
We must ensure that Vladimir Putin is transported to the Hague to answer for his crimes against humanity!
‘Slaves were not allowed in Heaven’ according to the old Aesir Viking and Varangian beliefs that reigned when the state of Kievan Hraes’ was founded as the precurser to Ukraine, but we now all believe that Slavery should not be allowed on Earth, so it is a moot point as long as dictators like Vladimir Putin and Deng are not allowed to exist.
Thank You Ustym Holodnyuk for your courage and sacrifice!
Please Note: This website is about Vikings and Varangians and the way they lived over a thousand years ago. The content is as explicit as Vikings of that time were and scenes of violence and sexuality are depicted without reservation or apology. Reader discretion is advised.
‘The VARANGIANS’ Series (see also ‘The Lying Sagas of Denmark’ Series):
‘The Varangians’ series’ ( see also ‘The Lying Sagas of Denmark’ series) of five (seven) books is about the Danish Varangian Princes of early Hraes’ (Ukraine), based on The Nine Books of Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus and the Hrae’ Primary Chronicle of Nestor. The Kievan monk Nestor asserts that Hraes’ was founded by three brothers, Rurik, Sineus and Truvor, but the Danish names in Book 5 of Saxo’s work are Erik, Sigfrodi (King Frodi) and Roller, three brothers from Denmark and Norway.
Book One of the five book Varangians Series places the Saga of King Frodi the Peaceful from Book Five of The First Nine Books of the Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus (c. 1200) into its proper chronological location in history. In 1984, when I first started the book, I had placed the main character, Erik’s (Hraerik’s) birth at circa 800 CE, but have since revised it to 810 to better fit with the timelines of the following books in the series. Saxo had originally placed the saga at the time of Christ’s birth and later experts have placed the story at about 400 CE to correspond with the arrival of the Huns on the European scene but when Attila was driven back to Asia, the Huns didn’t just disappear, they joined the Khazar Empire north of the Caspian Sea and helped the Khazars control the western end of the famous Silk Road trade route.
When King Frodi’s Danes started their ninth century ‘Southern Way’ incursions into the rivers of present day Russia, they ran into the Khazar Khaganate that was controlling Silk Road trade there and cooperation looked promising when he married King Hun’s daughter, Princess Hanund. But she cheated on him and he sent her back to Khazaria in disgrace and things got ugly, fast. Two Norwegian princes, Hraerik and Hraelauger Hraegunarson, sons of the famous Hraegunar Lothbrok, visited Frodi’s court in Liere with a dangerous plan to protect their own Nor’Way trade route to Khazaria, but that plan changed when Prince Hraerik fell in love with and married Princess Gunwar, King Frodi’s sister.
When news arrived in Liere that the Huns planned to attack Denmark, Prince Hraerik convinced King Frodi to assemble a Varangian Army of the North and lead a pre-emptive strike against the Khazar Empire. Following the capture of Kiev, the three brothers, Frodi, Hraerik and Hraelauger established the Hraes’ (Rus’) Trading Company and built an empire that exists in many forms to this very day, including Ukraine, Normandy, Great Britain and L’Anse Aux Meadows in America. The wealth of the Hraes’ Trading Empire they created powered the prolific Viking expansion in Medieval Europe that still fascinates us today.
Book One, “The Saga of Hraerik ‘Bragi’ Hraegunarson,” recreates Book Five of Saxo’s work to illuminate the origins of the name Rus’ and how it evolved from Hraes’ in ninth century Russia and how the name Varangians originally meant Vay Rangers or Way Wanderers of the Nor’Way. The book examines the death of Princess Gunwar (Hervor) at the hands of the Hunnish Prince Hlod and how it drives Prince Hraerik ‘Bragi the Old’ Hraegunarson (Hraegunar Lothbrok’s son) to write a famous poem of praise that both saves his head and rallies the northern kingdoms to fight the infamous Battle of the Goths and the Huns on the Don Plain of Gardariki (Gnita Heath of Tmutorokan).
Book Two, “The Saga of Helgi ‘Arrow Odd’ Hraerikson,” recreates Arrow Odd’s Saga of c. 1200 to illustrate how Arrow Odd was Prince Helgi (Oleg in Slavic) Hraerikson of Kiev, by showing that their identical deaths from the bite of a snake was more than just coincidence. The book investigates the true death of Hraegunar Lothbrok by poisoned blood-snakes (kenning for swords) and how his curse of ‘calling his young porkers to avenge the old boar’ sets up a death spiral between swine (Sveinald) and snakes (Gorm ‘the Old’) that lasts for generations. It then goes on to depict the famous Battle of the Berserks on Samso, where Arrow Odd and Hjalmar the Brave slay the twelve berserk grandsons of King Frodi on the Danish Island of Samso, setting up a death struggle that takes the Great Pagan Army of the Danes from the ravaged coast of Norway to England and on to Helluland in Saint Brendan’s Newfoundland.
Book Three, “The Saga of Ivar ‘the Boneless’ Hraerikson,” reveals how Ivar ‘the Boneless’ Ragnarson was actually Prince Eyfur (Ivar in Danish, Igor in Slavic) Hraerikson of Kiev and then King Harde Knute of Denmark. By comparing a twenty year lacuna in the reign of Prince Igor in the Russian Chronicles with a coinciding twenty year appearance of a King Harde Knute I (Hard Knot or Knytling) of Denmark in European Chronicles, Prince Igor’s death by sprung trees, which reportedly tore his legs off, may have rather just left him a boneless and very angry young king. Loyal Danes claimed, “It was a ‘hard knot’ indeed that sprung those trees,” but his conquered English subjects, not being quite as polite, called him, Ivar ‘the Boneless’. And the Danish ‘Knytling’ line of kings carried on for ‘the Old’ Fridleif/Frodi line of kings.
Books Four, Five and Six, “The Saga of Svein ‘the Old’ Ivarson“, “The Saga of Valdamar ‘the Great’ Sveinson” and “The Saga of Sweyn ‘Forkbeard’ Ivarson” demonstrate how Prince Sviatoslav ‘the Brave’ of Kiev was really Prince Svein Ivarson of Kiev, who later moved to Norway and fought to become King Sweyn ‘Forkbeard’ of Denmark and England. But before being forced out of Russia, the Swine Prince sated his battle lust by crushing the Khazars and attacking the great great grandfather of Vlad the Impaler in a bloody campaign into the Heart of Darkness of Wallachia that seemed to herald the coming of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse with the 666 Salute of the Army of the Impalers. The campaign was so mortifying that the fifteen thousand pounds of gold that the Emperor of Constantinople paid him to attack the Army of the Impalers seemed not nearly enough, so Prince Svein attacked the Eastern Roman Empire itself. He came so close to defeating the greatest empire in the world, that later Danish Christian Kings would call his saga, and the sagas of his kin, “The Lying Sagas of Denmark” and would set out to destroy them, claiming that, “true Christians will never read this saga”.
Book Seven, “The Saga of Canute ‘the Great’ Sweynson”, establishes how Grand Prince Vladimir ‘the Great’ of Kiev was also known as Prince Valdamar Sveinson of Gardar, who supported his father, Sweyn ‘Forkbeard’, in attacks upon England and later became King Canute ‘the Great’ of England and also King Knute ‘the Great’ of Denmark and Norway. Unlike his father, he came to the aid of a Roman Emperor, leading six thousand picked Varangian cataphracts against Anatolian rebels, and was rewarded with the hand of Princess Anna Porphyrogennetos, a true Roman Princess born of the purple who could trace her bloodline back to Julius and Augustus Caesar. She was called Czarina, and after her, all Rus’ Grand Princes were called Czars and their offspring were sought matrimonially by European royalty.
By recreating the lives of four generations of Russian Princes and exhibiting how each generation, in succession, later ascended to their inherited thrones in Denmark, the author proves the parallels of the dual rules of Russian Princes and Danish Kings to be cumulatively more than just coincidence. And the author proves that the Danish Kings Harde Knute I, Gorm ‘the Old’ and Harald ‘Bluetooth’ Gormson/Sweyn ‘Forkbeard’ were not Stranger Kings, but were Danes of the Old Jelling Skioldung Fridlief/Frodi line of kings who only began their princely careers in Rus’ and returned to their kingly duties in Denmark with a lot of Byzantine Roman ideas and heavy cavalry and cataphracts.