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The "Human Chain" - Zhyva Khvylia
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Rukh's first major attempt at mobilizing mass public opinion took place on January 22, 1990 (the anniversary of the declaration of independence of the Ukrainian People's Republic in 1917), when the movement attempted to replicate the Baltic "human chain" of several months before. Incredibly, or so it seemed at the time, close to half a million Ukrainians turned out to join hands on the highways and roads between Kiev and Lviv. The action was a foretaste of things to come in 1990.
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