Large crowds gather in Kiev's Maidan square to remember the more than100 protesters killed in the 2014 uprising that led to the overthrow of President Yanukovich. Mana Rabiee reports.
Large crowds in Kiev head to the city centre, for Independence Square, affectionally called the Maidan. They're marking the first anniversary of the shooting deaths of more than 100 protesters here -- and the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovich, who fled to Russia after the killings. ... the "Heavenly Hundred" -- as the victims came to be known in the wake of Ukraine's uprising. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) ENTREPRENEUR FROM VINNYTSYA, OKSANA, SAYING: "I think they did not die in vain because what is most important is that consciousness of people has changed. And then everything else will change and the country will change." The uprising in the capital would eventually ignite a separatist war in eastern Ukraine by Russian-backed rebels -- and THAT in turn would escalate into the biggest crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War. The pro-Western leadership in Kiev has been unable to crush the rebellion and a fragile ceasefire is all but tattered -- souring the mood even further on this already somber anniversary. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) CHERNIHIV REGION RESIDENT, ANDRIY, SAYING: "If they do nothing. We have no other option but to gather on Maidan again." ..The outlook is grim. Major European foreign ministers will reportedly meet next week to pursue peace moves....although as these mourners know all too well -- their recent history shows peace is illusive.