They thought they might reason with all the folks of the region that is breakaway but after mock executions and threats of mutilation, they felt fortunate getting away alive.
KIEV, Ukraine — prior to the revolution in Ukraine, Olena Maksymenko devoted herself to composing stories that are short fairy tales, modeling for fashion agencies and hitchhiking around Mongolia, Siberia and European countries. But months of protests from the Maidan Square in Kiev changed the lissome 28-year-old’s thought process, made her interested in Ukrainian and worldwide politics. It would be patriotic to become personally involved by traveling to the peninsula and sharing her views of the Euromaidan goals with local people after she saw reports of Russian troops occupying Crimea, Maksymenko genuinely believed. She had her ideals, like many into the Maidan. But she had no concept just just just what waited on her nearby the shores of this Ebony water.
A days that are few the referendum where the folks of Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, Maksymenko chose to use the trip. Some of them reporters and some of them, like her, young professionals-turned-activists sympathizing with the revolution without telling the truth to her parents about her real destination, she joined up with a group of her male friends. Some 800 kilometers (500 miles) away on March 9th, they packed an SUV with a few laptops, cameras and sleeping bags and drove from Kiev towards the peninsula. Read more