Ukrainians around the world will mark February 20th as Heavenly Hundred Remembrance Day, to remember when over 100 brave individuals, whose lives were tragically cut short in Kyiv on this date in 2014.
This group of protestors, dubbed The Heavenly Hundred – Небесна Сотня, were killed in clashes with oppressive security forces in Kyiv on February 20, 2014. Protesting human rights and fundamental freedom abuses, and the backsliding of Ukraine’s pro-European course, they gave their “soul and body for [their] freedom” as Ukraine’s anthem declares, and in the process changed the fate of their country. Their sacrifice is a reminder of the Ukrainian nation’s eternal aspirations for freedom.
“It is with great reverence that we mark this solemn anniversary, the Day of the Heavenly Hundred,” stated UCCA President Andriy Futey. “These are heroes who gave their lives in defense of Ukraine, as are the thousands of brave Ukrainian soldiers who have given their lives defending Ukraine against Russia’s 7 year campaign to retake Ukraine militarily. I urge the entire community and all those that share our grief to join UCCA in this solemn observance.”