Press Release regarding the commemoration of the heroes of the Heavenly Hundred
On February 20, the Day of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred is marked in Ukraine. On this day in 2014, during the protest in the center of Kyiv many of the activists of EuroMaidan were killed by the criminal regime of former President Viktor Yanukovych. On this day, Ukrainians remember the act of bravery of the activists of the Revolution of Dignity and commemorate the memory of the heroes of the Heavenly Hundred.
Four years ago, Ukraine's life changed radically. Our nation had to endure such horrible events that previously could not even be imagined ... This page of history was cluttered in our hearts with an unbearable pain.
It all started in November 2013, when Ukrainians began fighting for the European future by peaceful protest actions. On November 30, hundreds of young students came to Kyiv to Maidan, emphasizing in every possible way the peaceful nature of their actions. The criminal authorities have made an attempt to disperse the peaceful protest. Dozens of protesters were brutally beaten by special units of the polis. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians who were angry because of these illegal actions, demanding the punishment for those who had beaten the students and the resignation of criminal authorities.
On February 18, the authority headed by President Viktor Yanukovych gave the criminal order to use weapons and to «sweep» the Maidan.
On February 20, nearly 100 people were killed by snipers and soldiers of the special forces of polis. Among them were academics, students, teachers, artists, theatrical directors, public activists. The Heavenly Hundred has redeemed the freedom of millions of Ukrainians by their lives and gave us all a chance to build a new, democratic and law-governed state.
The Heavenly Hundred died for the truth, freedom, independence of Ukraine, and the price of sacrifice showed that our Ukrainian spirit is indestructible, and the people are unbroken. They have forever rewrote pages of Ukrainian history.
At that moment, Ukraine changed once and for all. February 20, 2014 was the day the countdown began to begin with the history of New Ukraine. We must always remember this day and those people who, at the expense of their own lives, have won a new life for our state and protected our values.
According the decree of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, on February 20 the commemorative events are held at the official level in Ukraine with the purpose to honor the memory of the heroes of the Heavenly Hundred.