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Steve Crilley

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13. 2. 2016 - 14:10

"The sound of the explosions ...

the stun grenades, the fighting that was not too far away". David Stern in Kiev and others, remember the height of the Maidan Square protests two years ago in Reality Check.

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Whatever became of the 2014 Ukranian revolution on the Maidan Square in the centre of Kiev? Back then, the world was getting increasingly concerned about what appeared to be a volutile situation.

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For weeks, protesters had gathered on the main square, the Maidan in the centre of Kiev. They were protesting against the government of Victor Yanukovich and they wanted Ukraine to look more to the west, to Europe and turn away from the influences of Moscow.

A period of relative calm ended abruptly on the 18th of February 2014, when protesters and police clashed. At least 82 people were killed over the next few days, more than 1,100 people were injured.

The situation on the Maidan ended on the 22nd February, when protesters were reported to be in control of Kiev, and Yanukovych fled the capital for eastern Ukraine. Of course, the after-effects of that situation back then are still resonating today.

David Stern is our correspondent in Kiev. And I asked him, what is his most poignant memory of those events in February of 2014:

"I live with my wife just up from the Maidan. So, the uprising, in many respects was just outside of our window. I have the general memory of the sound of the explosions . The stun grenades, the fighting that was not too far away.

But I guess most of all, what we remember is that horrible day on February 20th, when so many people were shot and then they were laid out not too far away from our apartment. And just the fear that it was spiralling out of control. But also the feeling that even if they could bring (this situation) back from the brink, then this was a moment that we would never, ever recover from".