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Ukraine protests

Area man takes part in Ukraine revolt

Events unfolded outside Kiev apartment in January

Michael Myshchuk speaks during a memorial service for protesters killed recently in Kiev, Ukraine, at St. Nicholas Church in Watervliet on Sunday.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Michael Myshchuk speaks during a memorial service for protesters killed recently in Kiev, Ukraine, at St. Nicholas Church in Watervliet on Sunday.
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John Fil had a front-row seat to watch his native Ukraine move from peaceful protest to open revolt. For nearly three weeks in January, the 70-year-old retired real estate broker from Troy watched the demonstration against President Viktor Yanukovych gain momentum from his apartment overlooking Kiev’s Independence Square. And as the size of the crowd grew, so did the level of hostility from government forces. On Jan. 19, police attempted to block access to the ...


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