Raw:Ukrainians Celebrate Signing of EU Agreement


Ukrainians in Kiev celebrated newly-elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's signing of a new economic and political pact with the European Union Friday, further aligning the troubled country with Europe. (June 27)



Kiev, Ukraine - June 27, 2014

1. Wide shot concert in Independence Square to celebrate signing of the Association Agreement with the European Union

2. Women dressed in national clothing dancing and singing

3. Mid of women dancing

4. Wide people watching performance

5. Mid of flowers by the photos of people who died during the protest

6. Woman looking at photos

7. Wide of Taras, a Cossack (east Slavic people predominantly located in Ukraine) sitting near tents

8. Mid of European Union flag


Ukrainians rejoiced in Kiev's Independence square following the signing of a new, sweeping economic and political pact with the European Union. Ukraine's new president, Petro Poroshenko, signed the agreement Friday, pushing his troubled country closer into Europe and away from the clutches of Russia.

The crowd was far smaller than the thousands who jammed the square at the height of the protests. Intermittent rain, people getting out of town ahead of a long holiday weekend, and uncertainty over the simmering conflict in the east worked to restrain the mood. However, crowds could be seen dancing and celebrating what could be the first new step toward greater unity with Europe.

People filed by votive candles and portraits of the so-called "Heavenly Hundred," the protesters killed - many by snipers - near the square in February.

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