A bas-relief sculpture opened in Ivano-Frankivsk, western Ukraine, on Monday. 112 Ukraine TV channel’s reporter said this. It is another tribute to the Heavenly Hundred – the collective name used for the deceased Euromaidan protesters and policemen who lost their lives during the violent street clashes in the downtown Kyiv in early 2014. Their memory is especially honored on this day, November 21, as Ukrainians mark the anniversary of the Euromaidan protests.
The sculptors depicted silhouettes of the deceased protesters standing shoulder-to-shoulder. The central stele of the bas-relief contains their names, dates of birth and death. Another part of the sculpture contains excerpts from the diaries of the activists that they kept from November 2013 till February 2014.
November 21 became a truly historical day for the Ukrainian state and its nation. The Euromaidan movement, which supported Ukraine’s EU integration, grew into the series of protests against the-then pro-Russian president Yanukovych and the government, which blocked the signature of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The protests turned violent on November 30 and then in early 2014, when the riot police tried to disperse the crowd several times – up to the use of lethal weapons. In February 2014, the conflict reached its hottest point; about a hundred of people, most of them unarmed peaceful protesters, were gunned down by snipers – by the light of day, in the downtown Ukrainian capital.