One of the most tragic events in the history of independent Ukraine took place in Kyiv on Maidan Nezalezhnosti 4 years ago, on February 18-20, 2014 - the brutal execution of participants of the Revolution of Dignity.
During the clashes in the center of capital, 73 civilians and 11 law enforcers were killed. The Trade Unions Building on Maidan burnt to the ground.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko posthumously awarded 104 Heroes of Heavenly Hundreds the title of Heroes of Ukraine, as well as three foreigners - a citizen of Belarus Mikhail Zhiznevsky, Georgia - Zurab Khurtsia and David Kipiani posthumously awarded the Order of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes.
As it was reported earlier US Department of State called on Ukraine to redouble its redouble their efforts to implement the reforms. This was stated on the website of the department on the fourth anniversary of Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity.
It was also noted that Ukraine has taken important steps over the past four years, yet there is still more work needed to fulfill the promise of the Maidan and unlock Ukraine’s potential. The United States calls on Ukraine’s leaders to redouble their efforts to implement the deep, comprehensive and timely reforms that are necessary to build the stable, democratic, prosperous, and free country Ukrainians deserve. We are proud to work with the people of Ukraine to honor the sacrifices made four years ago for Ukraine’s European choice.
On Sunday, Feb. 18, Kyiv commemorates the heroes of the Heavenly Hundred - those who were murdered during the Euromaidan protests in the fall and winter of 2013–2014. About 500 people gathered to commemorate the victims.
The Heavenly Hundred is the collective term for those who died in the confrontation with Yanukovych-times forces during the Euromaidan. Feb.18-21, 2014, were the most tragic times of the Revolution of Dignity when 73 protesters died. At that time, special forces officers and snipers shot at people on Maidan. Snipers were placed on the rooftops of the buildings in downtown Kyiv and Berkut forces had AK-47 assault rifles.