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    • Remembering Feb. 21, the Day When Maidan Supplanted the Ukrainian Constitution
    • Remembering Feb. 21, the Day When Maidan Supplanted the Ukrainian Constitution
    • Remembering Feb. 21, the Day When Maidan Supplanted the Ukrainian Constitution
    • Remembering Feb. 21, the Day When Maidan Supplanted the Ukrainian Constitution
    • Remembering Feb. 21, the Day When Maidan Supplanted the Ukrainian Constitution
    • Remembering Feb. 21, the Day When Maidan Supplanted the Ukrainian Constitution
    • Remembering Feb. 21, the Day When Maidan Supplanted the Ukrainian Constitution
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    Above: Barricades in Kiev's Independence Square. (File)

    On February 21, the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders Vitali Klitschko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Oleh Tyahnybok gathered to sign an Agreement on the settlement of the political crisis in Ukraine which was supposed to give the country an opportunity to resolve the crisis peacefully.

    Instead of becoming the framework for a peaceful transition of power, the Agreement on settlement of political crisis in Ukraine ultimately untied the hands of the opposition and allowed them to capture government buildings without resistance, forcing the legitimate then-President Yanukovych out of country.

    The Maidan turmoil in Ukraine began in late November 2013 with protests against President Viktor Yanukovych for postponing the signing of an agreement on association with the EU. It grew violent and saw the president flee the country in February 2014, with Ukraine's government being replaced by Western-backed figures. The Maidan threw Ukraine into turmoil and unleashed the war in Donbass.

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    remembering, rememberance, coup, opposition, Ukrainian crisis, Maidan, Viktor Yanukovych, Yulia Tymoshenko, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Vitaliy Zakharchenko, Oleh Tyahnybok, Vitali Klitschko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Radoslaw Sikorski, Kiev, Ukraine, Maidan
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