Ukraine Centre UA’s Svitlana Zalischuk at the Personal Democracy Forum Poland — CEE 2014

Last week I attended the Personal Democracy Forum in Warsaw, Poland, where I was invited to speak on a panel discussing the situation of the independent media and democracy in the South Caucasus. The event had been planned a few months in advance, but coinciding with events next door in Ukraine, including the Russian military intervention in Crimea, the conference’s agenda seemed very timely indeed.

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Ukraine Crisis: Crimea Intervention Evokes Memories of 2008 Georgia-Russia War

The crisis in Crimea following Ukraine's succesful Euromaidan protests has naturally evoked memories in Georgia of the August 2008 war with Russia. Several support rallies had already been held in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, before the Russian military intervened and since then more and more comparisons are being made in the international media.

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Youth Solidarity Video Flashmob Against Violence in Ukraine Held in Tbilisi, Georgia

It was a simple wall post on a Facebook group that alerted me to Friday's flashmob in support of Euromaidan protestors in Ukraine, but I have to be honest and say I didn't know what to expect or whether it would last longer than 10 or 15 minutes. Instead, however, the action was much more elaborate than I initially imagined and lasted nearly two hours.

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Euromaidan Solidarity Vigil in front of the Ukrainian Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia

Last night saw a Euromaidan solidarity vigil held in front of the Embassy of Ukraine in Tbilisi, Georgia. It follows a similar event held outside the former parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue the day before. Candles were lit and posters of three killed in clashes between Euromaidan protestors and riot police in Kiev featured prominently.

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Another Ukraine Euromaidan Solidarity Rally in Tbilisi As MPs Brawl in the Georgian Parliament

Last night saw another rally in Tbilisi, Georgia, in support of Euromaidan protestors in Ukraine. Unlike last week's rallies, which were decidedly more grassroots, the latest rally appeared more organised and of interest to media, probably because of the involvement of Tbilisi's Mayor and plans to illuminate a prominent building on the city's central Freedom Square in the colours of the Ukrainian flag.

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