Ukraine remembers February 2014: the shooting of the Maidan and the annexation of Crimea

Ukraine intends to bring the case of the death of the Heavenly Hundred to its logical conclusion and bring the perpetrators to justice

KIEV – Ukraine celebrates the Day of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred – people who rose up against injustice in defense of the ideals of democracy, civil rights and freedoms, the European future of the country. This is stated on February 20 in the address of the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Alexei Danilov on the occasion of the Day of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred.
“They were ordinary people – scientists, programmers, artists, students, teachers, entrepreneurs. And all of them gave the most precious thing – their lives so that we could live in a new, free and democratic country, ”- emphasized in the text of the address of the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov on the agency’s website. He noted that the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred will remain in the memory of Ukrainians and in the memory of their descendants.
“Our duty is to follow the path of unity, peace and democracy, the development of a real European state,” said Alexey Danilov.
In a video message from the interim director of the State Bureau of Investigation Irina Venediktova, details of the investigation into the Maidan cases are reported – the society “still does not know the names of those who are to blame for the first executions of citizens in the center of Kiev..
“The sixth anniversary of the Maidan. Loud statements, slogans, traditional promises are being heard. The first deaths: Nigoyan, Senik, Zhiznevsky – we still do not know who is to blame for these deaths. Two and a half thousand victims, 78 dead civilians of Ukraine, thirteen dead law enforcement officers, fourteen thousand volumes of criminal proceedings – we all want to know the truth, we all strive for justice, ”emphasizes Iryna Venediktova.
She notes that the State Bureau of Investigation initiated legislative changes, which “just will bring all the perpetrators to justice.”.
“Including those who are now hiding abroad. We are doing everything to ensure that the tasks facing law enforcement agencies with the investigation of cases related to these painful events of 2013-2014 for all of us are brought to a logical and fair conclusion, ”said Irina Venediktova.
The appeal of the Verkhovna Rada emphasizes that during the Revolution of Dignity, citizens are “against injustice in defense of the ideals of democracy, civil rights and freedoms, the European future of Ukraine”.
“On this day [February 20 – TB] in 2014, most of the Maidan activists were killed during the Revolution of Dignity, when the confrontation between the Ukrainian people and the then regime reached its peak. On February 21, 2014, the official authorities of Ukraine legally recognized the dead Maidan protesters as victims of the regime. On the same day, on the Maidan, a farewell took place with them, who were called the “Heavenly Hundred” in their mourning speeches, and during the farewell to the dead, the mourning song “Floats Kacha” sounded, which became a Ukrainian folk requiem, “the website says. Ukrainian parliament.
The authors of the appeal emphasize that Maidan activists Sergei Nigoyan and Mikhail Zhiznevsky opened the sad list of the Heavenly Hundred, and on the same day a body with traces of torture of activist Yuri Verbitsky was found in a forest near Kiev.
According to the data officially presented on the website of the Verkhovna Rada, during the events from 18 to 20 February 2014, 78 people died in the center of Kiev, after 20 February – twenty more citizens. All these names are immortalized in the Memorial of Fighters for Ukrainian Independence.
According to the Presidential Decree of February 11, 2015 “On honoring the feat of the participants in the Revolution of Dignity and perpetuating the memory of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred”, the Day of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred is celebrated annually on February 20.
The title Hero of Ukraine was posthumously awarded to 105 Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred, and three foreigners – a citizen of Belarus Mikhail Zhiznevsky, Georgia – Zurab Khurtsia and David Kipiani were posthumously awarded the Orders of Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred.
Today, many cities host memorial events dedicated to the memory of the fallen heroes of the Revolution of Dignity.
The Maidan case is a priority for the authorities
On the sixth anniversary of the shooting of the Heavenly Hundred, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that he, as the leader of the country and the government, is doing everything so that “nothing is lost, not a single detail of this case.”.
“You should know that for me personally, this is one of my priorities. We did everything so that even after the reboot of the Prosecutor General’s Office and the leadership of the State Bureau of Investigation, we did not lose the details of this case and continued the investigation, ”Volodymyr Zelenskyy said at a meeting with the relatives of those killed during the tragic events of February 20, 2014 in the center of Kiev..
The results of the Maidan and geopolitics
Head of the Internet community “Ukraine is in the EU! Prospects and Development “, political scientist Dmitry Voronkov believes that the Maidan was needed in the history of Ukraine, it allowed the country to make the” right turn “of history towards Western society, towards the development of the Euro-Atlantic vector of Ukrainian politics, economy, public relations.
“Yes, the majority of the population, it is quite obvious that there are doubts as to whether the Maidan was needed. These doubts arose under the influence of the war, which was inspired by the Kremlin so that we could not reorient ourselves towards Europe, ”says Dmitry Voronkov to the correspondent of the Russian service “Voice of America”.
At the same time, he believes that the war in Donbass made it possible to hide “some scandals and mistakes of the authorities, their helplessness” in the implementation of social, political and economic programs.

Ukraine remembers February 2014: the shooting of the Maidan and the annexation of Crimea

“The authorities had to do everything so that these deaths on the Maidan and in the east of the country were not in vain, there was no rollback, revision of those events. In 2014, Ukraine was able to identify itself as a separate, independent nation, the people believed in themselves, our cooperation with the United States and the European Union improved. Today, we need to focus more on the prospects, and not on the past, ”notes Dmitry Voronkov.
The relations between the European Union and the United States, on the one hand, according to the political scientist, and Russia, on the other, are now often perceived through the prism of events in Ukraine..
From Maidan to Donbass
Political strategist Yaroslav Makitra believes that six years ago Ukraine began its new path and crossed the Rubicon – the country will never be the same as it was before..
“It is difficult to say now, and whether there are such grounds for drawing conclusions. It is a pity for those who died, their relatives, but the events at the Euromaidan in Kiev cannot be considered separately, only in connection with the war in Donbass. Therefore, it is worth talking not only about the death of a hundred Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred, but about thousands of other Ukrainians who gave their lives in a large-scale war in the east of the country, ”says Yaroslav Makitra to the correspondent of the Russian service “Voice of America”.
He believes that the events on the Maidan began with an internal conflict between the authorities and the people, inspired from the outside, but at the same time there was “a set of events and actions that led to the death of people.”.
“Today it is difficult to assess everything, but it is certain that those who protested on the Maidan six years ago saw the country’s future not as it is today. It should be noted that not the whole country then supported the Maidan, and its opponents had and still have their own assessment of those events, ”Yaroslav Makitra believes..
Nevertheless, in the opinion of the political strategist, Ukraine, thanks to the Revolution of Dignity, escaped from the influence of Russia and decisively determined the guidelines for the movement to the West. “This cannot be underestimated,” he stresses..

How Putin Annexed Crimea From Ukraine

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Crimean Declaration
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine notes that on February 20, 2014, the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol began..
“By blowing up peace and security on the continent with its illegal actions, Russia violated the fundamental principles of international law on which international relations in the modern world are based and is the basis for maintaining peace and stability – the principles of non-use of force or threat of force, respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of independent states, as well as the inviolability of borders “, – says the page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on Facebook.
The text of the statement emphasizes that Russia’s aggression on the peninsula led to repressions against the indigenous people of Crimea – the Crimean Tatars..
“Political persecution on the basis of trumped-up charges has become a common practice for the Russian occupation authorities. The crimes of the occupiers include illegal conscription into the Russian Armed Forces, a systemic policy of resettlement of Russian residents to the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories in order to change their demographic composition, forced passportization of Ukrainian citizens, accelerated militarization of the occupied territories, “the message on the MFA Facebook page says..
Recall that the United States, together with allies, partners and the international community, rejects the attempt to annex Crimea by Russia and pledges to pursue this policy until the territorial integrity of Ukraine is restored..
This is stated in a statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – Crimea Declaration, which was issued on July 25, 2018..
“With its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and its attempted annexation of Crimea, Russia sought to undermine the basic international principle shared by democracies: no country can change the borders of another country by force. The states of the world, including Russia, have agreed on this principle in the Charter of the United Nations, pledging to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state. This fundamental principle – which was reaffirmed in the Helsinki Final Act – is one of the foundations on which our common security is based, ”the Crimean Declaration says..
The United States calls on Russia to respect the principles it claims to have long adhered to and to end its occupation of Crimea.

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