‘Several dozen people gathered on Maidan Nezalezhnosti near the Independence Monument, where the Revolution of Dignity started five years ago. They hold an improvised meeting, they also recall the events that happened 5 years ago, most people were directly involved in the Revolution of Dignity. People honor the memory of the deceased heroes of the Heavenly Hundred and bring icon, lamps, and flowers,’ the reporter claimed.
Security measures on Maidan are reinforced, dialogue police, law enforcement officers, and the National Guard are on duty.
November 13, 2014, President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree according to which Ukrainians mark the Day of Dignity and Freedom in honor to the start of two revolutions: the 2004 Orange Revolution and the 2013 Revolution of Dignity.
The 2004 Orange Revolution was a series of protests and political events that took place in Ukraine from late November 2004 to January 2005, in the immediate aftermath of the run-off vote of the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election. It was claimed to be marred by massive corruption, voter intimidation and direct electoral fraud. The protests were prompted by reports from election monitors as well as the widespread public perception that the results of the run-off vote of 21 November 2004 between leading candidates Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych were rigged by the authorities in favor of the latter. The nationwide protests succeeded when the results of the original run-off were annulled, and a revote was ordered by Ukraine's Supreme Court for 26 December 2004. The final results showed a clear victory for Yushchenko, who received about 52% of the vote, compared to Yanukovych's 44%. Yushchenko was declared the official winner and with his inauguration on 23 January 2005 in Kiev, the Orange Revolution ended.
Euromaidan demonstrations began on the night of 21 November 2013, when protests erupted in the capital after the Ukrainian government suspended preparations for signing Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement with the European Union, to seek closer economic relations with Russia. The protests lasted from November 2013 through February 2014 and gradually evolved into clashes with the riot police; the rise of violence in February 2014 led to deaths of unarmed protesters and several policemen. The revolution ended as the-then President Yanukovych and his sidekicks fled the country.