Scores of Ukrainian-Americans and other supporters of Ukraine gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC for a remembrance ceremony marking the fourth anniversary of the killing of some 100 protesters on the Maidan during the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine, as well as the subsequent 10,000 deaths attributed to Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine. The Vigil to Remember Ukraine’s Heavenly Hundred was held on Sunday, February 18th. The event was organized by United Help Ukraine and the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA. Speakers included Ukrainian Ambassador Valeriy Chaly, local Ukrainian clergy and representatives of United Help Ukraine, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, Razom for Ukraine and US Ukrainian Activists.
Meanwhile, Heather Nauert, the U.S. State Department Spokesperson, released the following press statement on the Fourth Anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity:
“Four years ago, Ukrainians from all walks of life and all regions of the country came together on the Maydan, Kyiv’s central square, to demand their government recognize the choice of the citizens of Ukraine to join Europe. Scores of Ukrainians—the “Heavenly Hundred”—gave their lives on the Maydan for the dream of a better Ukraine. The United States will continue to stand by Ukraine as it faces ongoing Russian aggression, which has claimed over 10,000 lives and displaced more than 1.6 million Ukrainians.
Ukraine has taken important steps over the past four years, yet there is still more work needed to fulfill the promise of the Maydan and unlock Ukraine’s potential. The United States calls on Ukraine’s leaders to redouble their efforts to implement the deep, comprehensive and timely reforms that are necessary to build the stable, democratic, prosperous, and free country Ukrainians deserve. We are proud to work with the people of Ukraine to honor the sacrifices made four years ago for Ukraine’s European choice.”
Photos by Yuliya Murashko