In Pictures: Ukraine Protests

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Woman walk through a barricade in the main street heading to Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The mayor of a western city warned that his police would fight any troops sent in by the president. The governor of an eastern region posted an image of an opposition lawmaker beaten bloody, saying he couldn't contain his laughter. Two months into Ukraine's anti-government protests, the two sides are only moving further apart. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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Riot police clash with anti-government protesters outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Some thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with police in a new eruption of violence Tuesday. (AP PhotoEfrem Lukatsky)
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Ukrainian lawmakers during a Ukrainian parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Ukrainian protesters lambasted parliament on Thursday for its lack of action, and a senior U.S. diplomat arrived in Kiev to try to help find a resolution to the country's grinding political crisis. Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, met separately with President Viktor Yanukovych and with opposition leaders during her two-day stay in the Ukrainian capital. (AP PhotoSergei Chuzavkov)
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Supporters of a far-right Ukrainian party Svoboda march a long the street near to Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The mayor of a western city warned that his police would fight any troops sent in by the president. The governor of an eastern region posted an image of an opposition lawmaker beaten bloody, saying he couldn't contain his laughter. Two months into Ukraine's anti-government protests, the two sides are only moving further apart. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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A christmas tree is seen in the middle of tents set by opposition supporters in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Ukrainian protesters lambasted parliament on Thursday for its lack of action, and a senior U.S. diplomat arrived in Kiev to try to help find a resolution to the country's grinding political crisis. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met separately with President Viktor Yanukovych and with opposition leaders during her two-day stay in the Ukrainian capital. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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Activists evacuate a wounded protester during clashes with police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Fierce clashes between police and protesters, some including gunfire, shattered a brief truce in Ukraine's besieged capital Thursday, killing numerous people. The deaths came in a new eruption of violence just hours after the country's embattled president and the opposition leaders demanding his resignation called for a truce and negotiations to try to resolve Ukraine's political crisis. (AP PhotoEfrem Lukatsky)
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Two opposition supporters stand guard a barricade in the main street heading to Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The mayor of a western city warned that his police would fight any troops sent in by the president. The governor of an eastern region posted an image of an opposition lawmaker beaten bloody, saying he couldn't contain his laughter. Two months into Ukraine's anti-government protests, the two sides are only moving further apart. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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Activists pay respects to protesters killed in clashes with police, during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. The flag held by one activist at rear reads 'For Ukraine.' Fierce clashes between police and protesters in Ukraine's capital have shattered the brief truce Thursday and an Associated Press reporter has seen dozens bodies laid out on the edge of the protest encampment. (AP PhotoEfrem Lukatsky)
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An opposition supporter stands guard a barricade in a street near to Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Ukrainian protesters lambasted parliament on Thursday for its lack of action, and a senior U.S. diplomat arrived in Kiev to try to help find a resolution to the country's grinding political crisis. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met separately with President Viktor Yanukovych and with opposition leaders during her two-day stay in the Ukrainian capital. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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A protester guards the barricade in front of riot police in Kiev, Ukraine,Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Ukrainian protesters lambasted parliament on Thursday for its lack of action, and a senior U.S. diplomat arrived in Kiev to try to help find a resolution to the country's grinding political crisis. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met separately with President Viktor Yanukovych and with opposition leaders during her two-day stay in the Ukrainian capital. (AP Photo Sergei Chuzavkov)
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An opposition supporter sits next to a box with a banner reading in Ukrainian: "Donation for those who had been hurt at Maydan" in a street heading to Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Ukrainian protesters lambasted parliament on Thursday for its lack of action, and a senior U.S. diplomat arrived in Kiev to try to help find a resolution to the country's grinding political crisis. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met separately with President Viktor Yanukovych and with opposition leaders during her two-day stay in the Ukrainian capital. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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A anti-government protester is engulfed in flames while running from the scene, during clashed with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Thousands of angry anti-government protesters clashed with police in a new eruption of violence following new maneuvering by Russia and the European Union to gain influence over this former Soviet republic. (AP PhotoEfrem Lukatsky)
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An anti-government protester throws a stone during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. The deadly clashes in Ukraine’s capital have drawn sharp reactions from Washington, generated talk of possible European Union sanctions and led to a Kremlin statement blaming Europe and the West. (AP PhotoEfrem Lukatsky)
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An anti-government protester is engulfed in flames during clashes with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Thousands of angry anti-government protesters clashed with police in a new eruption of violence following new maneuvering by Russia and the European Union to gain influence over this former Soviet republic. (AP PhotoEfrem Lukatsky)
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A man dressed in a military uniform stands guard one of the access to Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Ukrainian protesters lambasted parliament on Thursday for its lack of action, and a senior U.S. diplomat arrived in Kiev to try to help find a resolution to the country's grinding political crisis. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met separately with President Viktor Yanukovych and with opposition leaders during her two-day stay in the Ukrainian capital. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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An anti-government protester holds a crucifix as he prays at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Ukraine's protest leaders and the president they aim to oust called a truce Wednesday, just hours after the military raised fears of a widespread crackdown with a vow to defeat "terrorists" responsible for seizing weapons and burning down buildings. (AP Photo Marko Drobnjakovic)
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A man warms himself next to a heater as he waits for customers at his mobile coffee shop in a street heading to Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko, after meeting with the country's beleaguered president, is warning that tempers are heating up and says the president must take action to resolve the country's political crisis. Klitschko's meeting on Tuesday with President Viktor Yanukovych came as parliament held a session that took no action. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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An opposition supporter holds a Ukrainian flag in the center of Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Ukrainian protesters lambasted parliament on Thursday for its lack of action, and a senior U.S. diplomat arrived in Kiev to try to help find a resolution to the country's grinding political crisis. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met separately with President Viktor Yanukovych and with opposition leaders during her two-day stay in the Ukrainian capital. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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An anti-government protester holds a firearm as he mans a barricade on the outskirts of Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Fierce clashes between police and protesters, some including gunfire, shattered a brief truce in Ukraine's besieged capital Thursday, killing numerous people. The deaths came in a new eruption of violence just hours after the country's embattled president and the opposition leaders demanding his resignation called for a truce and negotiations to try to resolve Ukraine's political crisis. (AP Photo Marko Drobnjakovic)
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A press photographer takes photos of an opposition supporter as they march toward the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. The threat of new protest violence in Ukraine is tapering off but the country's two-month-old political and economic crisis remains far from being resolved, the European Union's foreign policy chief said Wednesday. EU envoy Catherine Ashton spoke after meeting with President Viktor Yanukovych, who has been the focus of months of massive protests demanding his resignation. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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Anti-government protesters, wearing protective head gear, prepare to rally in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, in Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. A senior U.S. diplomat has arrived in the Ukrainian capital to try to help find a resolution to the protests and political crisis that have gripped the country for more than two months. The U.S. Embassy says Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland is to meet President Viktor Yanukovych and leaders of the opposition during her two days in Kiev. (AP PhotoEfrem Lukatsky)
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Ukrainian protesters throw out and burn papers from prosecutor's headquarters in Lviv, western Ukraine, early Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. The violence on Tuesday was the worst in nearly three months of anti-government protests that have paralyzed Ukraine's capital, Kiev, in a struggle over the identity of a nation divided in loyalties between Russia and the West, and the worst in the country's post-Soviet history. (AP Photo Pavlo Palamarchuk)
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An anti-government protester throws a Molotov's cocktail during clashes with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Thousands of angry anti-government protesters clashed with police in a new eruption of violence following new maneuvering by Russia and the European Union to gain influence over this former Soviet republic. (AP PhotoSergei Chuzavkov)
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Ukrainians look at political cartoons displayed in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Over two months into Ukraine's anti-government protests, the two sides are only moving further apart. (AP PhotoDarko Bandic)
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A protesters shows the face of a victim killed in clashes with police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Fierce clashes between police and protesters in Ukraine's capital have shattered the brief truce Thursday and an Associated Press reporter has seen dozens bodies laid out on the edge of the protest encampment. (AP PhotoEfrem Lukatsky)
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Opposition supporters beat their shields with their sticks to show their power in front of riot police officers cordoning off one of the entrances to the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. The threat of new protest violence in Ukraine is tapering off but the country's two-month-old political and economic crisis remains far from being resolved, the European Union's foreign policy chief said Wednesday. EU envoy Catherine Ashton spoke after meeting with President Viktor Yanukovych, who has been the focus of months of massive protests demanding his resignation. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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Ukrainian riot policemen block a street near Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Ukrainian protesters lambasted parliament on Thursday for its lack of action, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland arrived in Kiev to try to help find a resolution to the country's grinding political crisis. (AP PhotoSergei Chuzavkov)
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Opposition supporters march toward the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. A senior U.S. diplomat has arrived in the Ukrainian capital to try to help find a resolution to the protests and political crisis that have gripped the country for more than two months. The U.S. Embassy says Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland is to meet President Viktor Yanukovych and leaders of the opposition during her two days in Kiev. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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Anti-government protesters carry a wounded policemen during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Thousands of angry anti-government protesters clashed with police in a new eruption of violence following new maneuvering by Russia and the European Union to gain influence over this former Soviet republic. (AP PhotoEfrem Lukatsky)
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Anti-government protesters clash with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Thousands of angry anti-government protesters clashed with police in a new eruption of violence following new maneuvering by Russia and the European Union to gain influence over this former Soviet republic. (AP PhotoEfrem Lukatsky)
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Opposition supporters carrying shields and sticks as weapons march in front of riot police officers cordoning off one of the entrances to the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. The threat of new protest violence in Ukraine is tapering off but the country's two-month-old political and economic crisis remains far from being resolved, the European Union's foreign policy chief said Wednesday. EU envoy Catherine Ashton spoke after meeting with President Viktor Yanukovych, who has been the focus of months of massive protests demanding his resignation. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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Anti-government activists entertain themselves next to a fire at a barricade in central Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Ukrainian protesters lambasted parliament on Thursday for its lack of action and a senior U.S. diplomat arrived in Kiev to try to help find a resolution to the country's grinding political crisis. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met separately with President Viktor Yanukovych and with opposition leaders during her two-day stay in the Ukrainian capital. (AP PhotoSergei Chuzavkov)
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Anti-government activists guard the barricade in central Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Anti-government demonstrators in Ukraine's capital ended their nearly three-month occupation of Kiev City Hall on Sunday as promised in exchange for the release of all jailed protesters. But tensions remained high as hundreds stayed outside the building, vowing to retake it if the government fails to drop all criminal charges against the protesters. (AP PhotoSergei Chuzavkov)
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Men and women attend a political speech from a stage set in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The European Union's foreign policy chief is meeting with Ukraine's embattled president on Wednesday as the country's two-month-old political crisis remains bogged down in a stalemate. The opposition accuses President Viktor Yanukovych's government of trying to conduct a war of attrition. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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Opposition supporters beat their shields with their sticks to show their power in front of riot police officers cordon off one of the entrances to the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. The threat of new protest violence in Ukraine is tapering off but the country's two-month-old political and economic crisis remains far from being resolved, the European Union's foreign policy chief said Wednesday. EU envoy Catherine Ashton spoke after meeting with President Viktor Yanukovych, who has been the focus of months of massive protests demanding his resignation. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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Anti-government protesters clash with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with police in a new eruption of violence Tuesday. (AP PhotoSergei Chuzavkov)
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A woman wearing Ukrainian colors listens to a political speech in Independence square in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The European Union’s foreign policy chief is meeting with Ukraine’s embattled president on Wednesday as the country’s two-month-old political crisis is bogged down in a stalemate. (AP PhotoDarko Bandic)
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Anti-government protesters clash with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Ukraine's festering political crisis took a deadly turn Tuesday, as thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with police outside Ukraine's parliament. Three protesters were killed in the melee, the opposition reported, and emergency workers found another person dead after a fire at the ruling party's office in Kiev. Law enforcement agencies gave the demonstrators a deadline of 6 p.m. (1600 GMT) to stop the confrontations and vowed to restore order. (AP PhotoSergei Chuzavkov)
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Opposition supporters, one holding a portrait of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko shout, slogans during a rally in the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Ukraine’s security agency on Sunday warned of a heightened risk of terrorism, including from the anti-government protests. The warning raised the pressure on the opposition as parliament tries to find a way out of the crisis. (AP PhotoSergei Chuzavkov)
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Two women look from inside a restaurant as opposition supporters carrying shields and sticks as weapons march toward the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. The threat of new protest violence in Ukraine is tapering off but the country's two-month-old political and economic crisis remains far from being resolved, the European Union's foreign policy chief said Wednesday. EU envoy Catherine Ashton spoke after meeting with President Viktor Yanukovych, who has been the focus of months of massive protests demanding his resignation. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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Anti-government protesters clash with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Ukraine's festering political crisis took a deadly turn Tuesday, as thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with police outside Ukraine's parliament. Three protesters were killed in the melee, the opposition reported, and emergency workers found another person dead after a fire at the ruling party's office in Kiev. Law enforcement agencies gave the demonstrators a deadline of 6 p.m. (1600 GMT) to stop the confrontations and vowed to restore order. (AP PhotoSergei Chuzavkov)
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People attend a political speech from a stage set in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The European Union's foreign policy chief is meeting with Ukraine's embattled president on Wednesday as the country's two-month-old political crisis remains bogged down in a stalemate. The opposition accuses President Viktor Yanukovych's government of trying to conduct a war of attrition. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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Men prepare tea for supporters of President Viktor Yanukovych gathering in a camp protected by police in front of the Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The European Union's foreign policy chief is meeting with Ukraine's embattled president on Wednesday as the country's two-month-old political crisis is bogged down in a stalemate. The opposition accuses President Viktor Yanukovych's government of trying to conduct a war of attrition. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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An opposition supporter plays the piano on barricades in front of riot police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. Ukraine has been rocked by nearly three months of anti-government protests sparked by President Viktor Yanukovich's refusal to sign a wide-ranging trade agreement with the European Union. (AP PhotoEfrem Lukatsky)
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An opposition supporter stands above the portrait of a Ukrainian poet and national symbol Taras Shevchenko as he guards Kiev City Hall in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Anti-government demonstrators in Ukraine's capital ended their nearly three-month occupation of Kiev City Hall on Sunday as promised in exchange for the release of all jailed protesters. But tensions remained high as hundreds stayed outside the building, vowing to retake it if the government fails to drop all criminal charges against the protesters.(AP PhotoEfrem Lukatsky)
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Anti-government protesters clashed with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Ukraine’s political crisis escalated sharply Tuesday, with at least nine people reported killed and scores injured in violent, often fiery battles between anti-government demonstrators and police in Kiev. The clashes outside parliament erupted after the opposition accused the government of ignoring its demands even after nearly three months of protests that have paralyzed the capital. It was the worst violence since the protests began in late November.(AP PhotoEfrem Lukatsky)
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An anti-government protester finds cover during clashes with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Thousands of angry anti-government protesters clashed with police in a new eruption of violence following new maneuvering by Russia and the European Union to gain influence over this former Soviet republic. (AP PhotoEfrem Lukatsky)
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An inactive carousel is seen covered with a plastic sheet in a street heading to Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko, after meeting with the country's beleaguered president, is warning that tempers are heating up and says the president must take action to resolve the country's political crisis. Klitschko's meeting on Tuesday with President Viktor Yanukovych came as parliament held a session that took no action. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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Anti-government activists guard the barricade in central Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Anti-government demonstrators in Ukraine's capital ended their nearly three-month occupation of Kiev City Hall on Sunday as promised in exchange for the release of all jailed protesters. But tensions remained high as hundreds stayed outside the building, vowing to retake it if the government fails to drop all criminal charges against the protesters. (AP PhotoSergei Chuzavkov)
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Opposition supporters carrying sticks as weapons walk past a couple selling cigarettes in a street heading to Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.. Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko, after meeting with the country's beleaguered president, is warning that tempers are heating up and says the president must take action to resolve the country's political crisis. Klitschko's meeting on Tuesday with President Viktor Yanukovych came as parliament held a session that took no action. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
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Anti-government protesters clash with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Thousands of angry anti-government protesters clashed with police in a new eruption of violence following new maneuvering by Russia and the European Union to gain influence over this former Soviet republic. (AP PhotoEfrem Lukatsky)
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Anti-government protesters prepare to rally in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, in Ukraine,Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. The threat of new protest violence in Ukraine is tapering off but the country's two-month-old political and economic crisis remains far from being resolved, the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Wednesday. (AP PhotoEfrem Lukatsky)
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An Anti-government activist holds an inverted portrait of President Viktor Yanukovych near City Hall in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Anti-government demonstrators in Ukraine's capital ended their nearly three-month occupation of Kiev City Hall on Sunday as promised in exchange for the release of all jailed protesters. But tensions remained high as hundreds stayed outside the building, vowing to retake it if the government fails to drop all criminal charges against the protesters. (AP PhotoSergei Chuzavkov)

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On Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, thousands of angry anti-government protesters clashed with police in a new eruption of violence following new maneuvering by Russia and the European Union to gain influence over this former Soviet republic. Demonstrators had seized Kiev City Hall on Dec. 1, 2014, about a week after mass street protests broke out in response to Viktor Yanukovych's decision to abandon a long-anticipated political and economic treaty with the European Union. The president, whose support base is in the Russian-speaking east and south of the country, turned to Russia instead for loans to keep Ukraine's economy afloat.

 

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