These days Ukraine commemorates memory of Heavenly Hundred – people who died during Revolution of Dignity (or Euromaidan) in late 2013 – early2014.
On February 18-21 activist hold a number of activities among which are: a minute of silence in memory of killed heroes, audio and video installations, film demonstrations and multimedia project demonstrations. A special part of commemoration of Heavenly Hundred is ‘Lights of Dignity’ – 105 projectors on the places were the protesters were killed.
February 18-20 were the days of the bloodiest clashes between protesters and government military forces.
On Tuesday 18, hundreds of protesters walked to the building of the Parliament which was supposed to vote changes to Constitution. Due to the peaceful character of the march many participants were not armed with their usual Molotov cocktails and bats. However, police met them with water jets and tear gas. In short time the column was cut in few parts, there were many wounded and even several casualties.
For some time Maidan protesters lost the initiative and part of Maidan was seized by ‘Berkut’ and other governmental forces. On the night from February 18 to 19 there began an attack at Maidan. In the morning when the state of protesters was close to critical there came reinforcement from other cities. The following day managed to restore their previous positions. On February 19 there were 25 killed – employees of power structures and 16 civilians.
February 20 is called the ‘bloody Thursday’ because that day the clashes were most horrible of all. That day the Ministry of Internal affairs officially acknowledged usage of firearms against the protesters. Many protesters were killed by snipers that day. Their number was about 80 people (several dozens died of wounds in hospitals) and later the people killed in riots were called the ‘Heavenly Hundred’.
On the next day the leaders of opposition signed an agreement with President Victor Yanukovych according to which sides of conflict were to lay their arms and leave Maidan in 24 hours. However, when they came to Maidan to inform people they faced resentment. Right at the time when they were speaking protesters carried tombs with killed people across the main stage.
One of the protesters, Volodymyr Parasiuk, interrupted the oppositionists and said that in case they would not demand Yanukovich to resign until 10.00 AM next day he and his people would assault with weapons. This demand finished the speech of oppositionists, the crowd started to read the burial to fallen fellows and would no longer listen to them.
The next day Yanukovich was no longer president of Ukraine.
Below you’ll find a collection of photographs and some short videos describing historical moments of Revolution of Dignity.
Pay attention that some photos and videos contain scenes of violence.
Government forces attack Maidan on the night of February 19
‘Black Thursday’ – killing of protesters in Kiev on February 20
Video compilation of events from February 18 to February 21.
Saying ‘Farewell’ to fallen heroes, February 21.
V. Parasiuk speaks to people from the stage: ‘If there is no demand to president to resign until 10.00 AM tomorrow, I swear we’ll attack with weapons’.
Source: Wikipedia, YouTube. Hromadske.tv