Maidan commemoration: Revolution of dignity tallies up Russian-Soviet past - Poroshenko

11:41 Nov. 21, 2016

Revolution of dignity tallies up Russian-Soviet past - Poroshenko

President Petro Poroshenko takes part in commemoration event on Day of dignity and freedom, Kyiv, Ukraine, November 21, 2016 (UATODAY/Emil Durov)

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. 

Read more Ukraine marks Day of Dignity and Freedom

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. 

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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.

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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. 

Watch more Meet Dmytro Bulatov, who fought for his country in Kyiv and Donbas

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. 

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