The day started with expectations for a political solution to the crisis, and ended with the victory of the revolution!
Meanwhile, the people march toward the presidential office, found no guards there, and occupy the building, the seat of power; doing so very orderly. This revolution will go down as having one of the most orderly finishes, barring any counterattack by Yanukovich’s supporters, seemingly unlikely so late in the game.
The Rada, Ukrainian parliament, makes it formal: it impeaches Yanukovich and calls early presidential election.
The victorious people then pay visit to the presidential residence, built by Yanukovich few years ago, and where he spent the night on Friday. The visitors see a huge presidential chalet, inside a huge compound, housing other mansions and, yes, a private zoo. The surrealism of it all will remain with us for years to come.
On Sunday, we will have a new Ukraine: “Glory to Ukraine!”
Above photo: The Maidan, 22 February 2014; the day revolution triumphed. (The New Republic)
Below Photos: Yanukovych's private collection of antique and modern cars as well as motorbikes and a scene from his private zoo at the presidential compound he built during his presidency. (Twitter)