Minister Fast Honours Men and Women Killed and Wounded during 2013-2014 EuroMaidan Protest in Kyiv, Ukraine

Minister’s visit to Independence Square in Kyiv demonstrates Canada’s ongoing commitment to a free, sovereign and democratic country

July 10, 2014 - Kyiv, Ukraine - On behalf of all Canadians, International Trade Minister Ed Fast places flowers and a candle in Independence Square in central Kyiv to honour the men and women killed and wounded during the EuroMaidan protests against the corrupt government of former president Viktor Yanukovych. 

Independence Square became the scene of horrific violence starting in January 2014, as security forces attacked and killed over 100 individuals in the three-month protest. The square, including the protest movement’s headquarters,the Trade Union Building,sustained significant damage. The building’s burnt facade stands at the perimeter of the square.

Today, Independence Square is a solemn pilgrimage destination for many Ukrainians, who come to lay flowers, light candles and show respect for their compatriots.

Minister Fast is leading a Canadian delegation on a three-day trade and development mission to Ukraine to demonstrate Canada’s continued support for the country, a partner in peace and prosperity.

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