The civilian protests in Ukraine, which began on 21 November 2013, were triggered by the surprising suspension of the association agreement with the European Union by the government of President Yanukovych. The Euromaidan Movement was reportedly violently suppressed by Yanukovych’s pro-Russian government. There were 100 casualties on the Maidan.
As of 8 December 2013 hundreds of thousands of people took part in the demonstration at the Maidan in Kiev. Our exhibit impressively shows the developments in Ukraine, the commitment of individuals and their work toward a democratic movement in their country. The exhibit also documents the work done by Ruslana, the famous Ukrainian singer and winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 (link to page). Ruslana was one of many artists, local and international, who were present at the Maidan.
As a result of the Euromaidan protests, President Yanukovych was impeached by the Ukrainian Parliament. For the Russian government, the crisis in Ukraine – which later evolved into open warfare in areas of eastern Ukraine with Russian intervention on the side of the separatists – gave Russia the opportunity to annex Crimea.