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."
Kiev mournersIMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
- IMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
Maidan Self-defenseIMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
Euromaidan commemorationIMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
Maidan self-defenseIMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
Priests pray for Ukraine's fallen heroesIMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
Camouflage and crossIMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
"Heroes never die!"IMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
Self defense returns to MaidanIMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
Peace NowIMAGE: EVGENY FELDMAN/MASH
Ukraine's trident in candles
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