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Poroshenko Booed at Kiev’s Maidan During Ceremony Commemorating Protests

© REUTERS / Valentyn OgirenkoUkraine's President Petro Poroshenko addresses the commemoration for people from the so-called "Heavenly Sotnya" (Hundred), who were killed in anti-government protests in 2014, at Independence Square in Kiev
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko addresses the commemoration for people from the so-called Heavenly Sotnya (Hundred), who were killed in anti-government protests in 2014, at Independence Square in Kiev - Sputnik International
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People who had gathered at the Maidan square met the Ukrainian president with whistles and shouted “shame”.

Kiev residents and municipal workers clear barricades on Independence Square (Maidan) - Sputnik International
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KIEV (Sputnik) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was booed when he arrived at Kiev’s Independence Square, or Maidan Nezalezhnosti, to take part in a ceremony commemorating the victims of last winter’s deadly protests, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Friday.

People who had gathered at the central square met the president with whistles and shouted “shame”, according to the correspondent.

In his Friday speech at Maidan, Poroshenko said that 2015 would be “decisive for the start of fundamental changes in the construction of a new state” and said he was confident that Ukraine would “live in peace, develop and move in its chosen European direction.”

KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 24: Barricade with the protesters at Hrushevskogo street on January 26, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. The anti-governmental protests turned into violent clashes during last week - Sputnik International
Brief History of Maidan Protests
The Ukrainian president added that European leaders would visit Kiev on February 24 to commemorate the victims of the Maidan protests.

A political crisis erupted in Ukraine in November 2013, when the country's authorities announced a halt to its European integration process. Major protests began in Kiev's central square and soon spread across the country.

More than 100 civilians were killed in clashes with law enforcement during the months-long protests, while hundreds were injured, according to official estimates.

The Ukrainian leader was also booed in November last year, when he laid flowers by the cross set up in memory of the civilians killed at Maidan.

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