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High emotions as Kyiv remembers anti-government protest victims


High emotions as Kyiv remembers anti-government protest victims

Thousands gathered in Kyiv’s Independence Square on Sunday in memory of the dozens of protesters killed 40 days earlier during an anti-government demonstration.

Many were shot by snipers. It is unclear who issued the command to open fire.

Head of administration in Kyiv, Volodymyr Bondarenko, has pledged to create a permanent memorial to the victims.

“The city authority will take all measures to keep the memory of this day alive,” he said. 

“The city authority will take all measures to keep the memory of this day alive,” he said. “After discussions with architects and according to public opinion, the decision has been taken to create a huge memorial in Kyiv. It must stay here for a long time. This process has already started. It is a phenomenon that will never end.”

Kyiv resident Oksana Rygorenko expressed her gratitude to those who died.

“I think the dead are saints,” she said. “They are called the ‘Heavenly hundred’. We will be grateful to them until the end of our lives for fighting for our justice and freedom.”

Emotions were running high on Sunday. Photos of those killed could be seen around the square, while family and friends laid flowers and lit candles in commemoration.

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