Kyiv Metro driver on his famous Maidan storm announcement 

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2014/11/22 • News

Kyiv, Nov. 22 (New Region) – Instead of the usual ‘Attention, the doors are closing,’ an announcement that Maidan is being stormed. The act committed by the metro driver who had worked in the underground for a quarter of a century, impressed all of the supporters of the Revolution of Dignity almost a year ago, reports TSN.

Vitaly Zamoysky works on the same line as he did a year ago. However, he became famous. “Dear passengers, Maidan Nezalezhnosti station is closed for entry and exit of passengers and only works to switch lines in light of the fact that Berkut is taking the camp by storm,” today Vitaly simply repeats the message for TSN. Back then, at the daybreak of December 11, he was speaking to his passengers.

“Quite a lot of people, more than usual, stood and exited the train,” he says. Before his shift, Vitaly Zamoysky had been watching broadcasts from Maidan. At night thousands of policemen approached the barricades and tried to rip through the defense. But more and more people came to Kreshchatyk, most of which came by metro. This is why Vitaly decided he would be more useful at work.

“I repeated this on Poshtova, when I went from that end. I just got caught here – and became famous. A policemen with big stars on his uniform ran up to me and started questioning me why I announced it, how much I was paid to do it. I saw that a lot of policemen boarded my train on Demeyevska.”

In the end, the drivers did feel powerless in the face of the government. When people were being shot in Maidan, all the drivers of that line simply sat in the line headquarters.

“It was painful, difficult to watch it happen when the metro stopped. We are not used to it. This was the only case in dozens of years of work of the Kyiv metro. I hope this doesn’t happen again,” says Oleh Tarasiuk, deputy head of the depot.

Vitaly Zamoysky says that he would do it again if he had to. He asks not to call what he did heroic. He shows a photo of his colleague Dmytro Borovyk who died in the ATO. “His father is the one who let me into the driver’s cabin in the metro for the first time. Now, unfortunately, 26 years… He had lived less than I have worked in the metro,” says the driver.

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina
Source: NR2

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  • Walter Salmaniw

    Thank you for such a touching story. Many “small” deeds combined led to the overthrow of a despicable regime.

  • evanlarkspur

    Glory to the heroes of Ukraine. Daily it becomes clearer that they do not reside in the halls of power. Even those newly elected seem to be showing themselves as traitors or criminally incompetent. Regular people like this man must take Ukraine for themselves and utterly abolish even the forms of the old government, as they clearly do not work. Freedom for Ukraine!