Ukrainian Parliament passes law about significance of Revolution of Dignity

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Verkhovna Rada recognized that the Heavenly Hundred protesters must be respected and honored. The MPs also stated that investigations into crimes committed during the Revolution of Dignity should not be delayed
12:24, 17 February 2021

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The Ukrainian Parliament passed the decree No.2739 timed to the seventh anniversary of the beginning of Euromaidan movement. 295 MPs upheld the document.

The project included following provisions offered by the Ukrainian MPs:

  • The Revolution of Dignity is among the key moments in the making of Ukrainian statehood, and the image of the national idea of freedom;
  • Investigation into "Maidan" cases should not be delayed; 
  • It is vital to honor and respect the heroes of the Heavenly Hundred;
  • The power grab is unacceptable;
  • The regime of the-then President Viktor Yanukovych must be condemned;
  • The actions of certain workers of Berkut riot police, certain servicemen of Internal Troops, court executives, prosecutors and judges during the Revolution of Dignity were illegal. 
  • Peaceful gatherings are essential, and highhandedness is unacceptable.
  • European values are the basis of the Ukrainian state.

Related: State Bureau of Investigation summons political leaders of Euromaidan for interview

The Revolution of Dignity is a number of political and social changes in Ukraine in November 2013-February 2014. It was caused by the initial peaceful protest against illegal dispersal of the rally in Kyiv on November 30, 2013. The protesters disapproved the change of Ukraine's political course, as President Yanukovych refused to sign the Eu-Ukraine Association Agreement. Later, the Revolution turned bloody, as law enforcers applied excessive force against unarmed rally members. Eventually, the pro-Russian government was toppled in February 2014. About a hundred of people lost their lives in brutal street face-offs with law enforcers and government-hired thugs. 

Related: Economy after Euromaidan: How Ukraine and other countries survive after color revolutions

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