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Ukrainians mark 6th anniversary of mass protests

November 21, 2019
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A woman pays her respect at a memorial dedicated to people died in clashes with security forces at the Independent Square (Maidan) in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 to mark the sixth anniversary of the beginning of the protests. People gather to commemorate the Maidan protest movement and the events which took place in late Feb. 2014 that led to the departure of former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich and the formation of a new government. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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A woman pays her respect at a memorial dedicated to people died in clashes with security forces at the Independent Square (Maidan) in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 to mark the sixth anniversary of the beginning of the protests. People gather to commemorate the Maidan protest movement and the events which took place in late Feb. 2014 that led to the departure of former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich and the formation of a new government. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — About 5,000 people have gathered on the central square of the Ukrainian capital to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the beginning of protests that led to the president fleeing the country.

Many of those who gathered Thursday night expressed frustration that the protests did not cleanse Ukraine of endemic corruption that was a catalyst for the demonstrations.

Teacher Tatiana Borisyuk lamented that the protests “changed the history of our country but hardly changed the system, which as before is based on the power of oligarchs and corruption.”

The protests started after Russia-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych backed out of a deal for closer relations with the European Union.

He fled three months later, after the protests turned bloody and more than 100 people died.