Yuliia Polunina on the project:
Barricade is a handmade barrier fortification built with construction debris, wood, furniture, barrels, boxes, concrete blocks or cars. Barricades are most often constructed in a narrow section of the road or street and used as shields from the attacking appononents or as fighting positions in street fights. The first barricades were built in the Middle Ages in Paris.
The protesters in Kyiv erected numerous barricades during the protests of the late 2013 and early 2014 to protect the area of the Maidan from the police and internal troops who had been traying to the crush the tent town and terrorizing activists from day one of the Maidan.
This barricade on Hrushevskoho Street, the one leading to the government district, was built after the police shot the first protesters dead in January 2014. Women would fill construction bags with snow while men would build the wall with the snow-filled bags. To make the barricade more solid, they reinforced it with construction debirs and water which quickly turned into ice in the winter cold. The highest section of the barricade measured 4 meters; it was 1 to 3 meters wide.
The special police units destroyed the barricade during the assault of Maidan on February 18, 2014. On February 20, the protesters rebuilt it after a counterattack, now with road tiles.“