This was stated by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at the ceremony of presenting state awards to the families of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the head of state.
"It is now clear that we were fighting Yanukovych on the Maidan a year ago. He was just a cruel and obedient puppet. Russia's aggression against Ukraine began with disrupting [the signing of] the Association Agreement with the European Union, which was to take place in Vilnius. Moscow was preparing to liquidate and butcher Ukraine even before the victory of the Maidan. They were expecting Yanukovych's fall any day and accelerated the course of events," he said.
"It has been a year since those tragic events when each of you lost their loved ones, and Ukraine lost its best sons and daughters. But the deep pain from the irreparable loss does not and will never go away! The whole country bows before the blessed memory of the Heroes of Heavenly Hundred. I cannot find words to comfort you because it is impossible to find such words. Such words simply do not exist! From now until the end of Ukraine every Feb. 20 we will mark the Day of the Heroes of Heavenly Hundred who have given their life during the Revolution of Dignity defending Ukraine. Thanks to their sacrifice, we live and breathe and have a unique chance to change the country for the better, and God forbid us from missing that chance," he added.