Day of Dignity and Freedom
On November 21, Ukrainians mark one of the new but iconic days in the history of Ukraine – the Day of Dignity and Freedom, in honor of the beginning two revolutions: the Orange Revolution (2004) and the Revolution of Dignity (2013).
This day, honors the patriotism and courage of the citizens who defended the national interests of the Ukrainian state and its European choice. Today they honor the memory of those who gave their lives for the sake of free Ukraine. On November 21, 2013, citizens of Ukraine took to the Independence Square in Kyiv to protest against the refusal to sign the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. On the night of November 29-30, activists were brutally dispersed by law enforcement officers, which turned a peaceful Euromaidan into a Revolution of Dignity. The revolution resulted in numerous casualties and ended with the overthrow of the regime of the fourth president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, who subsequently fled and was hiding in the Russian Federation.
In this regard, Russia opened aggression against Ukraine, annexed Crimea, and started a war in the Donbass – initially, forces of mercenaries and terrorists, and later appeared in Ukrainian regions, units of the Russian Armed Forces.
The Day of Dignity and Freedom in Ukrainian cities holds celebrations and concerts, bringing flowers to the memorials to the fallen members of the Dignity Revolution. Non-governmental organization and activists organize themed exhibitions, flash mobs and promotions. Ukrainian churches serve a prayer service to commemorate the Heavenly Hundred, and school-themed and ceremonial events.