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.
“In Kyiv, a prayer and a memorial for the perished heroes have started. Around 500 people gathered here, in the alley of the Heavenly Hundred. These are the relatives of the Heavenly Hundred and their brothers from the Maidan. They come here with flowers, light candles, remember the times when they were together at Maidan, remember how they fortified the barricades, how they hid in the St. Michael's Monastery. Many of them tell that right after the Revolution of Dignity they went to defend their Motherland to the East,” our reporter said.
At 14:00, there will be a Petal march, and at 20:00, candles will be lighted. It is expected that President Petro Poroshenko will attend the memorial.
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.