I visited Kiev in July but I didn’t see Kiev’s Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium quite like this. Where i bought tickets to the Dinamo-Sevastopol match is in flames in one of the pictures below, courtesy of Ultra Style’s Facebook page. Here are a few mentions of the role of Ukrainian ultras in the recent protests in Ukraine gleamed from news stories. Sources have been provided:
Shakhtar die-hards support Euromaidan
Here is the Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OACJC3K-erY&feature=player_embedded
9:27 p.m. Hardcore fans of the Shakhtar football club in Donetsk, the
hometown of President Viktor Yanukovych, expressed their support for
the Euromaidan movement in a video posted to YouTube and embedded
“Glory to Ukraine!” the group of fans chant.
“Glory to Heroes!” others respond.
The slogans were first used by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army and its
leader, Stepan Bandera, a controversial figure revered in western
Ukraine who is often called a Nazi-collaborator by those in the east.
Spearheading the clashes with police was Right Sector, a group with
ties to far-right parties including the Patriots of Ukraine and
Trident, which BBC Ukraine reported is largely comprised of
nationalist football fans. In a statement the next day, the group
claimed credit for Sunday’s unrest and promised to continue fighting
until President Viktor Yanukovich stepped down.
Elsewhere in Kiev’s Independence Square, protesters reported seeing
“groups of men in sports uniforms carrying baseball bats and chains
surrounding the area,” Yaroshevsky reported.
As the scuffles continued on Monday night, police warned that they may authorize the use of live ammunition, if violence starts spreading out of control.
The warning came amid speculation in the social media, which claimed that the radical protesters will soon be joined by thousands of like-minded activists. The rumors said the reinforcements may come from other countries, where radical football fans are rallying to go to Ukraine and join the confrontation. So far no evidence of those groups has been reported.
On Monday, protesters from radical nationalist groups climbed on to the main gate of the Dynamo football stadium at Hrushevsky Street, using it as a vantage point to bombard riot police with Molotov cocktails
Right Sector — which includes groups of hard core football fans —
organises its actions on the Internet through Facebook and other
A few pictures from the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/22/pictures-central-kiev-protests_n_4645476.html:
Kiev’s Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium, from Ultra Style’s Facebook page:
Kiev’s Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium in calmer times, from my visit in July: