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Revolutionary Diet: Food on the Front Lines in Ukraine

Image: Combination of pictures shows dishes and cigarette served by volunteers to anti-government protesters guarding barricades during protracted stand-off with riot police in Kiev
A combination of pictures shows dishes and a cigarette served by volunteers to anti-government protesters guarding barricades during a protracted stand-off with riot police in Kiev, February 4, 2014. During the more than two months that Ukrainian anti-government protesters have been holding out in a tent camp and at barricades in central Kiev, during temperatures that frequently drop to -30 degrees Celsius, no one has been going hungry. The efficiency of the food supply system, organised by volunteers who cook up donated food and deliver it to the front line, shows an astonishing degree of self-sufficiency of the Maidan opposition movement. The barricade cuisine also shines a light on the variety of Ukrainian cuisine. The food in those pictures is displayed on pieces of plywood, that protesters use for making shields for street battles. THOMAS PETER / Reuters

If an army marches on its stomach, what about a protest movement?

Anti-government activists have been camped out in the center of Kiev for more than two months during a harsh Ukrainian winter, and the longevity of their protest is partly down to the efficiency of their volunteer-run catering system.

Reuters photographer Thomas Peter documented the variety of dishes on offer, displaying the food (plus a cigarette) on pieces of plywood, like those the protesters use to make shields for street battles.

Image: Volunteers distribute sandwiches among the anti-government protesters near a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev
Volunteers distribute sandwiches near a barricade in Kiev on Feb. 1, 2014. Dozens of volunteers provide hot food and drink, day and night, to anti-government protesters. VASILY FEDOSENKO / Reuters