Riot police at the protest on Maidan square in Kiev.
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Ukraine crisis: 'I was injured in the battle of Maidan'

On 18 February 2014 riot police clashed with anti-government demonstrators on Independence Square in the centre of Kiev.

The demonstrators had been protesting in the area known as Maidan for almost three months.

More than 100 people died in the violence that occurred in the following days, including more than 50 on 20 February, the bloodiest day.

The massacre triggered the collapse of Ukraine's pro-Russian government, prompting Moscow to annex Crimea and sparking a separatist war in the east.

One year on, protester Denys Zemlyanov remembers what it was like to be there.

Video produced by Anastasiya Gribanova and Albiy Shudrya (BBC Ukrainian)

  • 20 Feb 2015
  • From the section World
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