March 30 - Ukrainians in Kiev's Independence Square remember protesters shot and killed last month, and city administrator pledges to create permanent memorial to them. Nathan Frandino reports.
The prayers continue in Maidan. Forty days after a mass of protesters died in violence in Kiev's Independence Square, mourners gather to honor the dead. As they lay endless bouquets of flowers, mourners promise the deaths won't be in vain. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) KIEV RESIDENT, OKSANA GRYGORENKA, SAYING: "I think the dead are saints. They are called the 'heavenly hundred'. We will be grateful to them until the end of our lives for fighting for our justice and freedom. I'm looking forward to the May 25 elections. I'm waiting with a kind of fear and impatience. I think it will be a kind of turning point in our life. We must take it very seriously." Kiev leaders say it is essential to remember the victims - especially while weighing tough decisions to pull Ukraine out of political and economic crisis. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) HEAD OF KIEV CITY ADMINISTRATION, VOLODYMYR BONDARENKO, SAYING: "The city authority will take all measures to keep the deaths in people's memories. Without any doubt after discussions with architects and according to public opinion, the decision to create a huge memorial in Kiev will be taken. It must stay here for ages. This process has already started. Maidan is a phenomenon that will never end." The origins of the snipers and the orders to fire on the protesters remains unknown.