Crowds come out for revolution anniversary in Ukraine



Ukrainians on Friday celebrated the one-year anniversary of the protests that toppled its pro-Russian president.
The civil uprising, sparked by President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to walk away from an association agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Moscow, began when a few hundred protesters gathered on a central square in Kiev on Nov. 21. But it quickly evolved into a violent struggle after riot police attacked peaceful protesters with clubs on Nov. 30.
Over the course of the next days and weeks, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians flooded the streets in protest. Eventually, Yanukovych fled Ukraine for Russia and an interim pro-Western government took control of the country.
Russian photographer Evgeny Feldman captured the celebrations in photographs as they kicked off on Nov. 21, a day known in Ukraine as the "Day of Dignity and Freedom."

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    Kiev mourners

    Passers-by lay flowers at the site on central Institutska Street in Kiev where scores of anti-government protesters were cut down by police gunmen during clashes in late February of this year.
    IMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
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    A man holding a Ukrainian flag looks over a gallery of photographs from the Euromaidan revolution.
    IMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
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    Maidan Self-defense

    A Euromaidan "self-defense" unit from the seaside city of Odessa marches through central Kiev during celebrations marking the first anniversary of the revolution.
    IMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
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    Euromaidan commemoration

    Ukrainians turn out on Nov. 21 to central Independence Square, better known simply as Maidan, to celebrate the first anniversary of the Euromaidan revolution that ousted the former Russian-leaning president, Viktor Yanukovych.
    IMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
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    Maidan self-defense

    A Maidan "self-defense" unit marches up Kiev's Institutska Street, where defiant anti-government protesters pushed back police in February. Scores died in a matter of three days. They are known as the "Heavenly Hundred."
    IMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
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    Priests pray for Ukraine's fallen heroes

    Priests pray over a bed of candles at the spot where Euromaidan protesters clashed with riot police and were killed during the revolution last winter.
    IMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
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    Camouflage and cross

    A man clutches a cross in his hand during a memorial service honoring the revolutionaries who died during Euromaidan.
    IMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
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    "Heroes never die!"

    A man displays a Ukrainian flag adorned with the words, "Heroes never die!" during celebrations marking the start of the Euromaidan revolution on Nov. 21.
    IMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
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    Self defense returns to Maidan

    A girl stands near a group of Euromaidan self-defense members during a rally on Nov. 21 to mark the anniversary of the revolution.
    IMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
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    Peace Now

    A sign reading "Peace Now" stands amid a group of Ukrainians on Independence Square, better known as Maidan, during events marking the one-year anniversary of the country's revolution.
    IMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
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    Ukraine's trident in candles

    Ukraine's coat of arms -- a trident -- is illuminated by candlelight on Kiev's central Independence Square, what was the epicenter of the country's revolution, during anniversary celebrations on Nov. 21.




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