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Ukrainians remove a barricade near Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, 10 April 2014. Pro-Russian protesters continued to hold seized Ukrainian administrative buildings in Donetsk and Lugansk, which were occupied by them some days ago.

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Ukrainians remove a barricade near Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine on Thursday

Ukrainian recruits line up as they receive military instructions from a commander in a recruitment self defense quarter at Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered tens of thousands of Russian troops participating in military exercises near Ukraine's border to return to their bases as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was on his way to Kiev. Tensions remained high in the strategic Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea with troops loyal to Moscow fired warning shots to ward off protesting Ukrainian soldiers. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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Ukrainian military recruits receive instructions in Kiev’s Independence Square, Ukraine. Tensions remain high in the strategic Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea with troops loyal to Moscow firing warning shots to ward off protesting Ukrainian soldiers Read more

An anti-Yanukovych protester salutes as the Ukrainian national anthem is played at Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine, Monday, March 3, 2014. The U.S. and its allies are weighing sanctions on Moscow and whether to bolster defenses in Europe in response to Russia's military advances on Ukraine.

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An anti-Yanukovich protester salutes as the Ukrainian national anthem is played at Kiev’s Independence Square. The US and its allies are weighing sanctions on Moscow and whether to bolster defences in Europe in response to Russia’s military advances on Ukraine. Read more

General Economy As Escalating Unrest Tumbles Currency And Shares...Protestors inspect damage caused by recent anti-government protests on Independence Square following recent clashes in Kiev, Ukraine, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Violence is escalating in the country of 45 million as the Russian-backed leader's security service conducts a nationwide anti-terrorism operation to end the three-month uprising. Photographer: Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg

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Protesters inspect damage caused by anti-government protests on Independence Square following clashes in Kiev, Ukraine. Violence is escalating in the country of 45m despite a truce being declared on Wednesday Read more

KIEV, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 20:  Anti-government protesters continue to clash with police in Independence square, despite a truce agreed between the Ukrainian president and opposition leaders on February 20, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government protesters, who are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Anti-government protesters continue to clash with police in Independence Square, despite a truce agreed between the Ukrainian president and opposition leaders on Wednesday in Kiev. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government demonstrators, who are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the EU. Read more

Violence Escalates As Kiev Protests Continue...KIEV, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 19: Anti-government protesters guard the perimeter of Independence Square, known as Maidan, on February 19, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government protesters, who are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union.

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Anti-government protesters guard the perimeter of Independence Square, known as Maidan, early on Wednesday in Kiev, Ukraine. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government protesters, who are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the EU. Read more

Pro-European protests in Ukraine...epa04047813 People walk past a protester's camp on the Independence Square during ongoing protests in Kiev, Ukraine, 30 January 2014. Ukraine's parliament on 29 January debated for an amnesty to protesters, a day after the country's prime minister and cabinet resigned, and legislators repealed stringent protest laws to appease anti-government demonstrators. Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych said he wants the amnesty to be conditional on protesters, leaving occupied public buildings and removing barricades.  EPA/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE

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People walk past protesters’ tents on Independence Square in Kiev. Ukraine’s embattled president Viktor Yanukovich has taken sick leave as the political crisis engulfing the country showed no sign of abating. Read more

A Pro-European Union activist plays with the ball in front of barricades at the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. President Vladimir Putin says Russia's $15-billion bailout for Ukraine is driven by a desire to help a partner in a desperate situation and isn't linked to its talks with the European Union.The Kremlin's move comes as Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych faces massive street protests over his decision to spike a pact with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia.

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A pro-EU activist plays with a ball in front of barricades at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin says Russia’s $15bn bailout for Ukraine is driven by a desire to help a partner in a desperate situation and is not linked to its talks with the EU.

A Pro-European Union activist guards a barricade in the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. A leader of the massive anti-government protests in Ukraine's capital says opposition members will attend roundtable talks with President Viktor Yanukovych in order to push their demands for early elections. The announcement by Vitali Klitschko came about 30 minutes before the talks, which also include religious, student and labour representatives, were to begin. The opposition previously had rejected an invitation to the talks.

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A pro-EU activist guards a barricade at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, where massive anti-government protests are ongoing

A pro-European Union activist shouts slogans as he sits on a monument in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine.

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A pro-European Union activist shouts slogans as he sits on a monument in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine.