2:40 p.m. With the main part of the rally over with the singing of the national anthem, the crowd thins out as AutoMaidan activists make their way in a car caravan to go to President Viktor Yanukovych’s luxury Mezhyhirya estate outside Kyiv. However, Kyiv Post staff photographer Kostyantyn Chernichkin — riding in the convoy — reports that three trucks and three police cars have blocked the road to the president’s house, preventing protesters from getting close. Today’s event marks the eighth consecutive week of Sunday rallies since EuroMaidan began on Nov. 21 in opposition to President Viktor Yanukovych’s abandonment of closer ties with the European Union.
2:30 p.m. It’s the second rally for Halyna Trots, a 61-year-old pensioner from Vinnytsya. She reacts emotionally to every word from the stage, chanting “Bandits out!” She said she likes to listen to Tyahnybok as he often cites Shevchenko from stage. She applauds after every speech and said “it’s literally a great time for Ukraine.”