Today the Euromaidan protesters won the Lech Walesa Award for freedom. The award typically honors a person who has “the courage to fight for the peaceful development of the world, to challenge terror, and who by their actions imbue others with hope and create the opportunity for political and social change.” However, the protests at Maidan involved hundreds of thousands who demanded an end to governance premised on a Soviet legacy of corruption and human rights violations.
Over the course of a brutally cold winter, endless thousands from all over Ukraine protested day and night. Eighteen police were killed and by official counts at least 112 protesters died. There were many unconfirmed deaths and protesters are still missing. At least 750 people were wounded.