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IAN BIRRELL: A day to honour those who died in Ukraine pro-democracy protests

The sun was shining as families walked down the street in Kiev, passing trees festooned with paper angels and flowers dotting the ground. Children clutched red carnations and candles, placing them beside a series of stark portraits running along the wall.

The black-and-white images showed young and old faces: Ivan Horodniuk, 29, choreographer; Vladysym Zubenko, 22, railway worker; Bohdan Kalyniak, 52, entrepreneur; Antonina Dvoretska, 62, pensioner.

These are the ‘heavenly hundred’ – pro-democracy protesters slaughtered on this spot eight years ago in mysterious shootings before Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.

Galina, a 68-year-old pensioner, brought tulips to place before the memorials to five men she had seen murdered in news footage

Galina, a 68-year-old…


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