As the EU takes days to impose sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, on Ukrainian officials ‘responsible for violence and excessive force’ – a total of 180 private charter flights left Kiev’s Zhuliany airport today, heading west or to Moscow.
“You never saw so many Mercedes’ in one spot”, I’m told.
On Ukrainian TV this morning, Berkut and spetsnaz (special forces) who are fighting protesters were filmed, saying that parliament deputies are leaving the country along with their commanders.
We don’t really know why we are here, they said. And why we are protecting the oligarchs. Away from the family for weeks, sleeping on the ground, and the salary is hilarious…
On both sides, I’m told, “lots of young lost faces. They did not expect being wounded.”