The raw emotion of grief as Kyiv remembers the dead

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Speeches still resonated around Independence Square in Kyiv on Sunday. The tension gone the mood was calm and reflective. It was the last of two official days of mourning for the dead. Eighty-two were killed in pitch battles with the police during the week while a number of officers also died in the bloodshed.

It is the worst sacrifice of human life in the country since the Second World War.

Memories of the dead will be handed down from generation to generation.

“You cannot express in words what grief every Ukrainian feels these days. They (the victims) will always be remembered, they will always stay in our hearts. I will talk about them to my children and to my grandchildren. The grief is so great. They knew they were going to face death for the sake of our future. History will never forget them,” explained one Kyiv resident Anna Bjala.

Bells rang out from St Michael’s monastery close to Independence Square. It had become a sanctuary during the violent clashes where volunteer medics had treated the injured.

It was a day of raw emotion for family and friends of those were killed. A spontaneous shrine with flowers and pictures of the dead sprang up around the monastery and in other areas around the Maidan area.