11:41 Nov. 21, 2016
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko takes part in commemorations dedicated to Day of dignity and freedom, celebrated today
"Maidan has got a name "European". And the Revolution of dignity tallied up the Russian-Soviet past, as well as the post Soviet period", - said President Poroshenko during a ceremony, dedicated to the third anniversary of Maidan events. "The revolution has set a clear division line in space and in time, marking the clear borderline that separates and distances our Ukrainian world from their "Russian world", added Poroshenko.
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During the event, Petro Poroshenko awarded soldiers for their distinguished service. Two servicemen - Andriy Snitko and Sergiy Tabala - were decorated with a medal of Hero of Ukraine post-mortem.
The Day of dignity and freedom was set up by the president in 2014 - to commemorate the events of both orange revolution of 2004 and Revolution of dignity of 2013-14. In 2013, protests started on November 21. They were caused by the refusal of Ukrainian authorities to sign the Association agreement with the European Union.
During the turmoil, more than 100 people died - that is according to official sources. Meanwhile, doctors, who volunteered at Maidan, claim that at least 780 people were killed during November 2013 - February 2014.
As a result of those mass protests, president Yanukovych and government of Mykola Azarov were ousted and presidential and parliamentary elections conducted. Russia invaded and then annexed Crimea and started the armed conflict in Donbas.