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[PHOTOS] Ukrainians mark 4th anniversary of Heavenly Hundred tragedy

People carry candles to the Heavenly Hundred memorial monument in Kyiv on the evening of Feb. 18. Some of the worst clashes between protesters and the security forces of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych took place four years earlier

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Ukrainians marked the 4th anniversary of the tragic events during the EuroMaidan Revolution on Feb. 18-21, 2014. In clashes between police and protesters, some 105 civilians were killed. Many were cut down by police sniper fire near Hotel Ukraina next to Independence Square on Feb. 20, 2014.

Those who were killed were soon dubbed the “Heavenly Hundred” or the “Heavenly Company,” named after the “sotni” or 100-strong companies of the EuroMaidan self-defense forces – unarmed groups formed to protect EuroMaidan protesters from attacks by the police, Berkut riot police, and “titushki” thugs hired by the regime of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Photo by Yunus Erdogdu – ukraynahaber.com

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