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Ukraine: Poroshenko talks up 'Russian aggression' on Maidan anniversary01:30

Ukraine: Poroshenko talks up 'Russian aggression' on Maidan anniversary

Ukraine, Kiev
February 20, 2015 at 21:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

'Russian aggression' against Ukraine began when Ukrainian officials withdrew signing the Association Agreement with the EU, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asserted during an address at Kiev's Maidan Square, Friday. The president's comments were delivered at a ceremony marking the one year anniversary of the Kiev riots in February 2014 that left over 100 dead, sowing the seeds of the current Ukrainian conflict.

The Ukrainian leader went on to praise the riots at Maidan that ended in the illegal ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych from power, saying “they were united by Ukraine, by passionate love to her, and the heroic struggle of the full dignity of the European future of our state.”

Poroshenko's speech were delivered at a time that Kiev mourned those killed in the violence that erupted at Maidan Square between February 18 and 21 2014. Over 100 protesters were shot by unknown snipers during the unrest, with a further 18 Ukrainian security forces killed by gunfire. The riots are what many consider to be the spark that initiated the government upheaval last year and the crisis that is currently engulfing the east of the country.

Ukraine: Poroshenko talks up 'Russian aggression' on Maidan anniversary01:30
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'Russian aggression' against Ukraine began when Ukrainian officials withdrew signing the Association Agreement with the EU, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asserted during an address at Kiev's Maidan Square, Friday. The president's comments were delivered at a ceremony marking the one year anniversary of the Kiev riots in February 2014 that left over 100 dead, sowing the seeds of the current Ukrainian conflict.

The Ukrainian leader went on to praise the riots at Maidan that ended in the illegal ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych from power, saying “they were united by Ukraine, by passionate love to her, and the heroic struggle of the full dignity of the European future of our state.”

Poroshenko's speech were delivered at a time that Kiev mourned those killed in the violence that erupted at Maidan Square between February 18 and 21 2014. Over 100 protesters were shot by unknown snipers during the unrest, with a further 18 Ukrainian security forces killed by gunfire. The riots are what many consider to be the spark that initiated the government upheaval last year and the crisis that is currently engulfing the east of the country.

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