The 16 essential Twitter accounts to follow Ukraine’s unfolding crisis

A screenshot, taken at 9:45 p.m. Kiev time, of Espreso TV's live feed from Kiev's protests. Watch the live feed here.

After almost three months of protests in Ukraine, violence reignited Tuesday when thousands of demonstrators tried to march from their camp in Independence Square to the Parliament building a mile away and were confronted by security forces. Clashes have become increasingly violent, with nine killed already, making it by far the deadliest day of Ukraine's crisis, and things appear to be getting rapidly worse.

Read why protests reignited here. Read the fuller backstory on Ukraine's crisis here. At this point, events are moving so quickly that Twitter may be one of the best ways to follow it. Here are 16 accounts you should follow to keep up with events (hat tip to BuzzFeed's Max Seddon for some of these).

Journalists in Kiev now

(1) Christopher Miller – The editor of the English-language Kyiv Post is on the ground. He's also a practiced expert at translating and explaining Ukraine and its politics for an English-speaking audience. Essential.

(2) Yulia Bragina – A Sky News producer who is usually in Moscow but now in Kiev.

(3) Maria Danilova – The A.P. correspondent in Kiev. Speaks Russian. Not a frequent tweeter, but you want to catch it when she does.

(4) Myroslava Petsa – Reporter with Ukraine's Channel Five.

(5) Nataliya Gumenyuk – Ukrainian freelance reporter.

(6) Leonid Ragozin – Former BBC, now travel writer

Activists on the ground

(7) Kateryna Kruk – The press secretary for an opposition lawmaker, Kruk has been tweeting from the heart of the protests since they began. Invaluable.

(8) Lyalya Horsky – Frequent tweeter, photographer and livestreamer from Independence Square.

(9) Taras Denysenko – A student and software developer.

(10) Ukraine Pravda – An opposition newspaper. Rarely in English, but lots of photos and videos.

(11) EuroMaydan – A purportedly official account of the EuroMaiden protests (so named for the protest site, Maidan Nezalezhnosti, which means Independence Square, and for the pro-European mission). Rarely in English, still worth following for photos, videos and links.


(12) Max Seddon – BuzzFeed correspondent, typically in Kiev or Moscow. Briefly traveling. But, even abroad, an excellent aggregator with a sharp eye.

(13) Natalia Antonova – A Moscow-based journalist, relaying information from her father, who is in Kiev.

(14) Simon Shuster – A Berlin-based journalist for Time magazine, previously in Moscow and currently Sochi.

(15) The Interpreter – A Russian-to-English translation journal. Highly critical of the Kremlin.

(16) Hannah Thoburn – A research assistant at the Brookings Institution focusing on Ukraine and other post-Soviet states.



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