Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko Heckled on Maidan Anniversary

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was shouted down by angry relatives of 100 protesters killed in Kiev's "Euromaidan" revolution at a ceremony on Friday to pay tribute to the victims. Frustrated by Poroshenko's failure to bring officials of the previous government to justice, the family members shouted: "Who is a hero for you, Poroshenko?", "Where are their killers?" and "Down with Poroshenko!" They also criticized him for failing to keep a promise to confer the title of national hero on the victims, which would bring financial benefits to their families.

It was the first real public display of anger against Poroshenko, who was elected president in May after the pro-Moscow Viktor Yanukovich fled the country. Vice President Joe Biden, who is currently in Ukraine, had been due to make a visit to the area off Kiev's Independence Square but called it off, apparently for security reasons. Friday marked the first anniversary of the decision by the Yanukovich government to ditch a political and free trade agreement with the European Union in favor of renewed trade ties with Kiev's old Soviet master, Russia. The move sparked protests from tens of thousands who see Ukraine's future in the European mainstream.

Image: Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev on Friday
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko takes part in a commemoration ceremony at the site where anti-Yanukovich protesters were killed during clashes in Kiev on Friday.GLEB GARANICH / Reuters

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