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A tire burns for heat and as a smokescreen as protesters in Kiev man their makeshift barricade on Jan. 26, 2014.
A tire burns for heat and as a smokescreen as protesters in Kiev man their makeshift barricade on Jan. 26, 2014.
(JOHN LEHMANN/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

PAUL WALDIE

Meet the 17 year old who gets Ukraine’s protest message out to the world

As the world watches events unfolding in Ukraine, one unlikely person is leading the effort to get the message of the protesters out; a poised, articulate 17-year-old who’d rather not talk about his age.

When asked how old he is, Sviatoslav Yurash turns his head quietly and says; “If I may lower my voice, I’m 17,” he says in flawless English with almost no accent. “The reality of Ukraine is that this information is leading up to all kinds of age discrimination.”