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Germany remembers what Ukrainians suffered over past five years, - Maas

The German foreign minister delivered a speech on the occasion of the Day of Dignity and Freedom in Ukraine
11:33, 21 November 2018

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The government of Germany will carry on to apply efforts to reach peace and ensure the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister said this in his speech on the occasion of the Day of Dignity and Freedom in Ukraine.

'Five years ago, thousands of Ukrainians came to Maidan in Kyiv, in order to observe their democratic right; they spoke for the rule-of-law state and the free and independent Ukraine. Lest we forgot the hopes of these people', he said. 

Maas added that the sufferings that Ukrainians endured over the past five years are not forgotten, either; over a hundred people deceased during protests in early 2014, and thousands more died in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. 'Even now, they shoot in Donbas every day', he said.

The Day of Dignity and Freedom is celebrated on November 21 every year in Ukraine.

The Association Agreement between Ukraine and EU was to be signed at a summit meeting of Eastern Partnership in Vilnius held through November 28-29, 2013. However, on November 21, the Ukrainian government decided to stop the preparation for signing the Association Agreement. On the same day, late at night, people started gathering at Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv to protest against this government's decision.

As time passed, the protest movement got more and more powerful and eventually led to the ousting of the-then Ukrainian government and President Yanukovych. The Revolution of Dignity proved victorious, but over a hundred of people lost their lives during the bloody fights in Kyiv in January and February 2014.

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