Kiev marks one year since deadly crackdown on Maidan protests

Kiev marks one year since deadly crackdown on Maidan protests

With eastern Ukraine still mired in bloodshed and chaos, Kiev marks a bittersweet first anniversary on Friday of the deadly Maidan protest crackdown that eventually brought an end to the regime of president Viktor Yanukovich.

Pro-Western protesters had been camping out in Maidan, Kiev's Independence Square, for three months before Yanukovich ordered a brutal crackdown on February 18, 2014, that further galvanised the demonstrators.

More than 100 people died in the ensuing clashes, until Yanukovich fled to Russia on February 22, allowing jubilant crowds to ransack his lavish palace on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital.

The rejoicing proved to be short-lived. Barely a week later, Russian troops began their takeover of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, signalling the start of a protracted crisis in Ukraine's east.

Click on the images below to watch our slideshows of the Maidan siege published on January 27 and 29, 2014.

Kiev marks one year since deadly crackdown on Maidan protests

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