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Ukraine marks Day of Dignity and Freedom

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Thousands of Ukrainians have marked the third anniversary of the deadly Euromaidan protests.

The Day of Dignity and Freedom commemorates the 2004 Orange Revolution, but also the beginning of demonstrations in 2013 that ousted the then-President Viktor Yanukovych.

The events of three years ago were sparked by the government’s decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union.

Current President Petro Poroshenko spoke of much closer ties today.

“Today, Ukraine and the EU are much closer to each other than three years ago. This means that the plans and requests of Euromaidan are coming true,” he said.

He called on the nation to unite against what he called the “Russian threat.”

On the streets of Kyiv, people also denounced Russian intervention in Ukraine, although some disagreed with Poroshenko’s claims of a rapprochement with the EU.

The Azov Civil Corps organised a protest march and said few of the aims of the Euromaidan movement had actually been achieved.

Although events were largely peaceful, there were some small altercations with security forces.

And elsewhere in the capital, demonstrators smashed windows and pillaged the Tolstoy Square branch of the Russian bank, Sberbank.

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