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Ukrainian president signed decree on celebrating Day of Dignity and Freedom

Ukrainian president signed decree on celebrating Day of Dignity and FreedomPresident Petro Poroshenko signed the decree about celebration of the Day of Dignity and Freedom in 2016. His press service reported this on October 7.

The decree, in particular, is supposed to ‘provide adequate celebration of civil courage showed by participants in the revolutionary events, as they fought for human rights and the European future of Ukraine’.

The day is to be marked annually on November 21st – ‘the day of the beginning of the events that became historical for Ukraine: the 2004 Orange Revolution and the 2013 Revolution of Dignity’.

The 2004 Orange Revolution was a series of protests and political events that took place in Ukraine from late November 2004 to January 2005, in the immediate aftermath of the run-off vote of the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election. It was claimed to be marred by massive corruption, voter intimidation and direct electoral fraud. The protests were prompted by reports from election monitors as well as the widespread public perception that the results of the run-off vote of 21 November 2004 between leading candidates Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych were rigged by the authorities in favour of the latter. The nationwide protests succeeded when the results of the original run-off were annulled, and a revote was ordered by Ukraine's Supreme Court for 26 December 2004. The final results showed a clear victory for Yushchenko, who received about 52% of the vote, compared to Yanukovych's 44%. Yushchenko was declared the official winner and with his inauguration on 23 January 2005 in Kiev, the Orange Revolution ended.

Euromaidan demonstrations began on the night of 21 November 2013, when protests erupted in the capital, after the Ukrainian government suspended preparations for signing the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement with the European Union, to seek closer economic relations with Russia. The protests lasted from November 2013 through February 2014 and gradually evolved into clashes with the riot police; the rise of violence in February 2014 led to deaths of unarmed protesters and several policemen. The revolution ended as the-then President Yanukovych and his sidekicks fled the country.
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