What is EuroMaidan?
A wave of demonstrations and civil unrest arose in Ukraine on the day of November 23rd, 2013. Millions of Ukrainians gathered in Kyiv’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in response to President Yanukovych's decision to suspend the signing of the European Union-Ukraine Association Agreement, and instead choose to keep closer economic ties with Russia.
The Ukrainian people calmly held their ground at Kyiv’s Independence Square opposing what they saw as government corruption and violation of human rights. This period of calm demonstrations abruptly ended on February 18th, 2014, when protestors and police clashed. In February 2014, clashes in Kyiv between protesters and Berkut special riot police resulted in the deaths of 104 protesters and 13 police officers. The first hundred of these heroes came to be known as the "Heavenly Hundred." Marking a significant turning point and escalation of the demonstrations, EuroMaidan came to be known as The Revolution of Dignity. During this painful time, Russia took the opportunity to invade and subsequently annex the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. They also entered the eastern region of Ukraine, Donbas, where they funded & directed a pro-Russian separatist insurgency that led to the ongoing Donbas war.
The Ukrainian people have endured cycles of Russian oppression for centuries, including forced collectivization, artificial famine-genocide, forced deportations, and more. Today, the fight for freedom and truth continues. It continues beyond the national borders of Ukraine. Three thousand miles away, our community in Rochester, New York, rose up with the Ukrainian people in Independence Square in 2014. We began to fight for Ukraine’s freedom and focused our efforts on delivering medical aid to those fighting the insurgents in Eastern Ukraine. Throughout the years, our efforts shifted to delivering humanitarian and medical aid to several regions across Ukraine. As the Russian Military illegally entered and invaded the entirety of Ukraine on February 24th, 2022, we have been working more than ever to supply those fighting Ukraine's occupants with medical & humanitarian aid.