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First anniversary of Euromaidan – how did the revolution began

November 21, 2014

One year ago decision of the Ministry Cabinet to suspend the process of preparation to sign Association Agreement caused mass protests later called Euromaidan

First anniversary of Euromaidan – how did the revolution began

About 1 500 people gathered at the Independence Square at night of November 21, some political leaders joined protesters. The same day District Administrative Court prohibited mass gatherings until January 7, 2014.

The protest actions were also held in Ivano-Frankivsk, Donetsk, Khmelnytsiy, Lviv, Uzhgorod, Lutsk.

Meanwhile hashtag Euromaidan spread over mass media and social networks.

The meeting continued the next day. At night there were clashes between police and activists because the latter wanted to set up tents. On November 23 police tried to push the protesters away from the square justifying this by the need to establish New Year tree which late became one of important symbols of Maidan.

On November 24 first massive protests took place in Kyiv (about 100 000 participants) and Lviv (about 20 000 people). The protests also were held in such cities as Luhansk, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Odesa, Cherkasy and others. Sometimes demonstrations were dispersed by security forces.

On November 26 students of Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University and Kyiv-Mohyla Academy joined the protests. In the following days warning and general student strikes were held.

The next day after Vilnius summit, on November 30 at about 04.00 am ‘Berkut’ began dispersal of protesters during which many of them were injured. Many cases of improper use of force by the staff special unit of Internal Ministry were registered by journalists and participants of protests.


Soon after that citizen outraged by dispersal began gathering on Mykhailivka square and their number far exceeded number of initial participants of protest actions.




Popular Assembly in Kyiv on December 1 gathered, according to various estimations, from 500 000 to 1 000 000 people. The revolution began.



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