Independence Square

more than a year ago
During the last 10 years Maidan Nezalezhnosti has undergone
from the city’s central square to political instrument,
and epicentre for generations and the symbol of unity
of Ukrainian nation. In 2004, it gained world notoriety for
staging the events of the Orange Revolution. Images of the
square circulated the globe for weeks as Ukrainians from all
walks of life changed/delayed the course of Ukrainian history.
On 21 November 2013, Maidan again broke down all
the globe front-lines. The rallies has started in Kyiv and other
cities following the government’s decision to stop European
Union integration by rejecting an association agreement. For
over 3 winter months, protesters were standing on Maidan,
demanding for the President resignation and changes in the
country. Violent events were happening here 18-20 February
2014, including almost total burning down of the Square,
about 100 killed and over a thousand wounded, when police
riot opened a fire on the unarmed protesters. In the memory
of 100 killed, the former Instytutska street got the new name
of Nebesnoi Sotni Street (the Heavens Hundred). Architecturally
the square is locally referred to as “The Big Greenhouse.”
That’s not a botanical compliment but rather an
indictment of the Globus Shopping Centre’s glassy domes.


Maidan Nezalezhnosti


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