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    Posted February 20, 2015 by
    AlexKiev
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    Kiev, Ukraine
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Ukraine unrest

    AlexKiev and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Ukraine crisis as it unfolds
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    Kiev remembers victims of the Revolution of Dignity

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Kiev resident AlexKiev says his home "is no longer [the] nonchalant city it used to be, though on the surface little change is visible." He witnessed the protests a year ago and said the recent memorial was "very touching."

    CNN cannot independently confirm who the protesters killed in the February 2014 clashes were or how they died. Visit CNN.com for more information on how the situation in Ukraine has unfolded over the past year.

    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    For a kievite it's hard to believe it's been a year since the nightmarish days and nights of February 2014, especially, since so many other tragic events have followed since then. During the violent climax of the "Maidan" protests close to a hundred protestors were mercilessly exterminated by security forces: some were shot dead by snipers, some were beaten to death by riot police or plain-clothed thugs, one protestor had his head crushed by a water cannon. If they were armed, that "armament" was mostly wooden sticks, construction hard hats and shields--some made from alluminum, some - wooden. They were students, teachers, theater workers, the youngest was 17 years old. The victims of the carnage are called "the Heavenly Hundred", as some of them were part of the Maidan selfdefense which was organized in units called "hundreds". On the anniversary of those tragic days now referred to by many Ukrainians as the revolution of Dignity, Kiev is holding commemorative events. Part of them--an installation of light beams set along a short stretch of street next to the Maidan square where most of the victims fell. There are still visible bullet traces on trees and light posts there. Now, the street is lit in red, symbolizing the blood it was covered with a year ago. People bring flowers to several makeshift memorials--at one of them, a hand-made signs says, "the Heavenly Hundred went to heaven, but its killers are still free." Each spot where someone was killed is marked with a beam of light reaching into the sky.

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