The name “Heavenly Hundred” refers to the pro-Euromaidan activists killed during Ukrainian Euromaidan uprising which began on the night of 21 November 2013 with public protests in Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kiev against widespread government corruption, abuse of power, and violation of human rights in Ukraine.
The first deaths occurred on Unity Day, 22 January 2014, during riots on Hrushevskoho Street in Kyiv, where three Euromaidan activists were shot dead. On the same day, a dead body of another Euromaidan activist was found on the outskirts of the city with the signs of torture. These were the first victims to die in demonstrations in Ukraine since gaining national independence in 1991. The deaths caused widespread protests across the country.
Five more deaths in connection with Euromaidan occurred between 25 January and 13 February.
The second active phase started February 18. After a brief truce on 19 February, the clashes renewed 20 February. the special force (Berkut) and Interior Troops snipers shot at people on Maidan firing with AK-74 assault rifles. The final death toll from these clashes in late February was 103 protesters.
At least 17 people died from previously received wounds and injuries since then. On 21 February 2014. Maidan participants wished last farewell to the perished protesters who they named the Heavenly Hundred.
On November 21, 2014 by Petro Poroshenko’s decree the Heavenly Hundred members were posthumously awarded the Hero of Ukraine title.
Unnamed dead activists
There are currently some unidentified activists who were reported killed during the conflict.
During the Hrushevskoho Street riots, a 22 year-old man died falling from the colonnade near the Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium during a beating by police; the cause of death was multiple injuries, particularly spine fracture.
Two unnamed shooting victims were announced by Euromaidan medical service coordinators on the evening of the 22nd. The identity of the two remains unknown as their bodies disappeared from the street after the assault of Berkut in the early morning 22 January 2014. Roman Senyk was later identified as shot and killed on this date.
On 26 January, the body of a man was found in the Obolon district of Kyiv, with his hands bound.
On 29 January, two male activists, one younger and one older, were shot on Hrushevskoho Street and brought to a Kyiv hospital. The latter died from the gunshot wounds the following day. A UDAR MP accused police of shooting the two as a provocation.
On 15 February, the body of a missing Euromaidan activist was found outside of Kyiv.
On 18–19 February, 16 protesters were killed in clashes with police, of whom 7 have been named.
Later, on 19 February at 9pm, a young man was killed in Khmelnytsky outside the SBU building in further clashes with police. 5 Kanal reported both a 23 year-old and a 16 year-old were shot and killed.
On 20 February, at least 34 protesters were shot dead by police as of 1pm, with reporters verifying the bodies (15 at Kozatsky Hotel, 12 at Ukraine Hotel, 7 at the central post office). Kyiv Post journalists reported an additional eight bodies on Khreshchatyk Street early afternoon, separate from the previous body count. Dr. Olha Bohomolets, one of the attending physicians to 12 fatal gunshot victims at Ukraine Hotel, said that the victims were shot with high-precision rifles and powerful ammunition that broke their bones.