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Ukrainians mark Day of Dignity and Freedom
07:56, 21 November 2016
Ukrainians mark Day of Dignity and Freedom

November, 21 brought with it the beginning of the Euromaidan movement and the 2014 Revolution of Dignity

07:56, 21 November 2016

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Many Ukrainians all across the country mark the Day of Dignity and Freedom; the new public holiday was established in 2014 under the decree of President Poroshenko.

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.

Today, when Ukrainian citizens mark the solemn date, about 18,000 law enforcers will maintain security all across the country. 380 public actions are to take place all over Ukraine, with over 66,000 people planning to join them. 11,000 of those will join rallies in Kyiv.     

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