Antonina Dvoryanets was one of the first fallen Euromaidan activists killed on 18 February 2014. Antonina was 61, retired, lived in Brovary Kyiv region. Her family members are still trying to find out the circumstances of her death and are searching for possible witnesses.
Recently a short text narrating Antonina’s life, days on Maidan and death was put on a street lamp post by the entrance to Khreshatyk metro station on Instytutska street – the alleged place of her death. The text is a short version of the story that was prepared by a team of Ukrainian journalists as part of Ukrainska Pravda’s “Nebesna Sotnya” (Heaven’s Hundred) project. EMPR herewith quotes the text.
The first woman of the Heaven’s Hundred died on 18 February 2014.
“Maidan used to be her life,” says husband Ivan [Hryhorovych] Dvoryanets remembering Antonina Dvoryanets. They first took part in a protest rally after the students were beaten by riot police (Berkut) at night on 30 November. Later Ivan got back to work and Antonina who was retired went to Maidan almost daily. She was helping in the kitchen at the Trade Unions building, was cleaning the streets and bringing sandwiches from home. Her enthusiasm motivated her neighbors who also joined the movement. Antonina [Hryhorivna] with her husband were on Maidan even on the New Year’s Eve.
Antonina’s body was discovered on one of the barricades on Instytutska street. Her family members managed to find a photographer who told them that he was running next to her towards the barricades on Instytutska street close to the metro station Khreshatyk during the police attack. The woman rushed to protect the men whom the Berkut policemen were beating and got allegedly hit herself. The photographer was hit in the head and fainted. After he regained consciousness he never saw the woman again.
Antonina’s family members still do not know the circumstances or causes of her death. They are still hoping to find the witnesses who would be able to tell them about the last hours of Antonina’s life.