Central and Eastern Europe

8th anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity

Today Ukraine marks the eighth anniversary of the bloodiest days of the EuroMaidan Revolution, also known as the Revolution of Dignity.

The protest started in the center of Kyiv as a peaceful demonstration of support of Ukraine’s European integration. It grew into a nationwide uprising and transformed into brutal clashes between the protesters and security forces of pro-Kremlin President Viktor Yanukovych.

On Feb. 18-20, 2014 more than 100 protesters known as the Heavenly Hundred, were killed by the security forces.

On 21 February 2014, unicameral parliament of Ukraine -Verkhovna Rada recognized the perished protesters as victims.

On 21 November 2014 the perished Ukrainian protesters of Euromaidan were posthumously awarded the Hero of Ukraine title by decree od Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko.
Three non-Ukrainian citizens killed in the Euromaidan events were each posthumously awarded the title Knight of the Order of the Heaven’s Hundred Heroes.

Since 2015 “the Day of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes” is celebrated on 20 February to commemorate the deaths.

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