Memorial service for the Heavenly Hundred held in Kyiv
According to Ukrinform, despite the snowfall, over a hundred people came to the Church of St Michael the Archangel and the Ukrainian new martyrs of the UGCC to pay tribute to the memory of the Heavenly Hundred. People were holding flowers, lamps and Ukrainian flags. The memorial service was served by priests of the UGCC and OCU.
"The best way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Heavenly Hundred is not to erect monuments, but to search for and restore truth and freedom, that is, what they died for. The memory of the participants of the revolution will not die as long as dignity lives in each of us," said the rector of the church, Peter Zhuk.
Minister of Veterans' Affairs Yulia Laputina noted that the events of February 2014 were decisive in the history of Ukraine, and at the same time, they are very tragic for families who lost their loved ones during the revolution of dignity.
"We must always remember the heroes who died for the freedom of Ukraine," Laputina said.
In addition to the Ukrainian flags, the flags of Belarus could also be seen at the event. Several dozen Belarusians came to honor the memory of their compatriot Mikhail Zhiznevsky, who died on January 22, 2014.
Ukraine celebrates the Day of Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred on February 20. It was on February 18-21, 2014, that the toughest confrontations between security forces and participants of the revolution of dignity took place in Kyiv. On February 20, 2014, most Euromaidan activists were killed.