Volodymyr Groysman, Prime Minister of Ukraine
Happy Day of Dignity and Freedom, fellow Ukrainians! Together we proved we’re united in our aspiration to be independent and live in the democratic country. We remember and thank every one of our heroes who struggled and continue to struggle for Ukraine! Glory to heroes!
Olexandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council
The experience of the Orange Maidan (the 2004-2005 protest movement in Ukraine, - 112 International) and the Revolutionm of Dignity proves that no money, no inter-party struggle, no political interests cannot make people stand together. Only the people and their will are able to create the true Maidan and the true revolution. The one who has ever tried to create an artificial duplicate of this movement and to subdue it to one’s own ambitions and interests – will fail. Maidan is the will and the spirit of the nation. One cannot fake it or stop it or destroy it!
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.