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Ukraine marks the 10th anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity

On November 21, Ukraine marks the 10th anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity. In addition, the country annually celebrates the Day of Dignity and Freedom. It was established by a presidential decree of November 13, 2014, in honor of the beginning of two significant events in Ukraine's modern history - the Orange Revolution of 2004 and the Revolution of Dignity of 2013.

Revolution of Dignity, Kyiv, Ukraine 2013-214. Photo: Viacheslav Ratynskyi


The Day of Dignity and Freedom can be considered a successor to the Freedom Day holiday, which was celebrated in honor of the Orange Revolution from 2005 to 2011 on November 22, but was canceled, Ukrinform reports.


Today in Kyiv, the memorial to the Heavenly Hundred is not crowded, as the families of the victims traditionally come.

Photo: Viacheslav Ratynskyi


It was on November 21, 2013, that the first protests of the Ukrainian public took place in response to the decision of the then government to stop the course of European integration and cancel the process of preparing for the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.


However, unlike the events of the Orange Revolution, this time the defense of dignity and freedom cost many lives of Ukrainian patriots: 106 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured. And in the spring of 2014, Russia's armed aggression began, accompanied by the occupation of Crimea and certain territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Revolution of Dignity, Kyiv, Ukraine 2013-214. Photo: Viacheslav Ratynskyi

Revolution of Dignity, Kyiv, Ukraine 2013-214. Photo: Viacheslav Ratynskyi


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