Heavenly Hundred Remembrance Day in Ukraine Date in the current year: February 20, 2016

Heavenly Hundred Remembrance Day in Ukraine Heavenly Hundred Remembrance Day is an official commemorative day in Ukraine observed on February 20. It was established in 2015 by President Petro Poroshenko to honor the memory of those who died during the events of Euromaidan.

Euromaidan was a series of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine which lasted from late November 2013 to late February 2014. It was sparked by the refusal of the government and President Viktor Yanukovych to sign the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement.

The protests reached their peak on February 18-23, 2014. After a series of violent clashes between protesters and Berkut (special police force), protesters made President Yanykovych flee the country. He was subsequently impeached by the parliament. These events are now referred to as the Euromaidan Revolution or Revolution of Dignity.

The vast majority of casualties took place on February 18-20. There are over 100 identified civilian victims who are referred to as the Heavenly Hundred. In February 2015, President Petro Poroshenko declared February 20 an annual day of remembrance.

Heavenly Hundred Remembrance Day commemorates the people who gave their life during Euromaidan, struggling for democracy. It is marked with solemn wreath-laying ceremonies at monuments and memorials.

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