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Maidan self-defence activists walk as an...Maidan self-defence activists walk as anti-war placards are hung in  Kiev on March 13, 2014.  Ukraine moved Thursday to mobilise a volunteer force to ward off Russia's expansionist threat. AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII STEPANOVANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images

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Maidan self-defence activists walk as anti-war placards are hung in Kiev on Thursday. Ukraine has moved to mobilise a volunteer force to ward off Russia’s expansionist threat. 

Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko shakes hands with a woman as she arrives to visit the tent camp of her supporters in the center of Kiev .

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Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko shakes hands with a woman as she arrives to visit the tent camp of her supporters in the centre of Kiev, Ukraine

Women hold pictures of protesters who were killed in clashes with police during recent demonstrations as they take part in a commemerative procession in central Kiev on February 26, 2014. Ukraine's pro-Western interim leaders were set to unveil their new cabinet today after disbanding the feared riot police as they sought to build confidence in the splintered and economically ravaged ex-Soviet nation.

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Women hold pictures of protesters who were killed in clashes with police during recent demonstrations as they take part in a commemerative procession in central Kiev on Wednesday. Ukraine’s pro-Western interim leaders were set to unveil their new cabinet today after disbanding the feared riot police as they sought to build confidence in the splintered and economically ravaged ex-Soviet nation.

An anti-Yanukovych protester cries near a memorial for the people killed in clashes with the police at Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday delayed the formation of a new government, reflecting political tensions and economic challenges following the ouster of the Russia-backed president. Parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchinov, who was named Ukraine's interim leader after President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital, said that a new government should be in place by Thursday, instead of Tuesday, as he had earlier indicated.

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An anti-Yanukovich protester cries near a memorial for the people killed in clashes with police at Kiev’s Independence Square, the epicenter of Ukraine’s unrest. The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday delayed the formation of a government, reflecting political tensions and economic challenges following the ouster of the Russia-backed president.

People add flowers to a huge line of flowers and candles  leading to the barricades   in  central Kiev  on February 24, 2014.  Ukraine issued an arrest warrant for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych on Monday as the country's new rulers launched a probe over the "mass murder" of protesters in a week of carnage in Kiev.

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People add to a huge line of flowers and candles leading to the barricades in central Kiev. Ukraine issued an arrest warrant for ousted president Viktor Yanukovich on Monday as the country’s new rulers launched an inquiry over the “mass murder” of protesters in a week of carnage in Kiev.

A priest stands on February 21, 2014 in the ruins of Kiev's Trade Union building. Ukraine's parliament on February 21 voted to return the ex-Soviet country to its 2004 constitution, which limits the president's powers and gives lawmakers the right to appoint key ministers. The constitutional change was supported by 386 deputies in the 450-seat Verkhovna Rada shortly after President Viktor Yanukovych and top opposition leaders signed a deal to end the country's three-month political crisis.

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A priest stands in the ruins of Kiev’s Trade Union building. Ukraine’s parliament on Friday voted to return the ex-Soviet country to its 2004 constitution, which limits the president’s powers and gives lawmakers the right to appoint key ministers

A scarecrow like mock anti-government protestor is pictured on a barricade between protestors and government forces on February 21, 2014 in Kiev

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A scarecrow-like mock anti-government protester on a barricade between protesters and government forces in Kiev on Friday

An anti-government demonstrator sit behind a barricade on February 21, 2014 at the Independent square in Kiev. Armed protesters stormed police barricades in Kiev on Thursday in renewed violence that killed at least 26 people and shattered an hours-old truce as EU envoys held crisis talks with Ukraine's embattled president. Bodies of anti-government demonstrators lay amid smouldering debris after masked protesters hurling Molotov cocktails and stones forced police from Kiev's iconic Independence Square -- the epicentre of the ex-Soviet country's three-month-old crisis.

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An anti-government demonstrator sits behind a barricade on Friday in the central square in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich moved to defuse the country’s worst crisis since independence by accepting calls for snap presidential elections and constitutional changes that would curb powers of the presidency.

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 

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. 

ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH - Anti-government protesters carry an injured man on a stretcher in Independence Square in Kiev February 20, 2014. Ukrainian protesters seized back Kiev's Independence Square in fresh clashes with riot police on Thursday that left several injured and possibly two demonstrators dead.   REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (UKRAINE  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TEMPLATE OUT.

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Anti-government protesters carry an injured man on a stretcher in Independence Square in Kiev on Thursday morning. Ukrainian protesters seized back Kiev’s Independence Square in fresh clashes with riot police on Thursday that left several injured and possibly two demonstrators dead.

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. 

Interior Ministry members are on fire as they stand guard during clashes with anti-government protesters in Kiev...Interior Ministry members are on fire as they stand guard during clashes with anti-government protesters in Kiev February 18, 2014. Several thousand protesters clashed with police near the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday after being stopped from marching to the building in a move to keep up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich. After being blocked by a line of trucks about 100 metres short of the building, protesters hurled stones at police, a Reuters witness said. REUTERS/Vlad Sodel

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Police catch fire as they stand guard during clashes with anti-government protesters in Kiev, Ukraine. Several thousand protesters clashed with police near the Ukrainian parliament after being stopped from marching to the building in a move to keep up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich. After being blocked by a line of trucks about 100 metres short of the building, protesters hurled stones at police, a Reuters witness said. 

Riot police stand behind crosses installed by anti-government protesters in memory of the people who have died and went missing during clashes in Ukraine, near the barricades in Kiev...Riot police stand behind crosses installed by anti-government protesters in memory of the people who have died and went missing during clashes in Ukraine, near the barricades in Kiev February 11, 2014. Ukrainian protesters, now in their third month of action, kept up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich on Sunday with a mass rally where opposition leaders called for an end to his "dictatorial" powers.  REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin

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Riot police stand behind crosses installed by anti-government protesters in Kiev, in memory of the people who have died or gone missing during clashes in the Ukraine 

TOPSHOTS An anti-government protester st...TOPSHOTS An anti-government protester stands on a barricade in Kiev on February 7, 2014. Ukraine's unrest erupted in November 2013 after President Viktor Yanukovych rejected an association agreement with the European Union in favour of closer ties with Moscow, and the turmoil has now become an all-out movement to oust him. AFP PHOTO MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images

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An anti-government protester looks out from behind a barricade in Kiev, Ukraine 

Anti-government protesters sit at a road...Anti-government protesters sit at a road block in Kiev on February 6, 2014. Ukraine's unrest erupted in November 2013 after President Viktor Yanukovych rejected an association agreement with the European Union in favour of closer ties with Moscow, and the turmoil has now become an all-out movement to oust him.  AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Anti-government protesters sit at a road block in Kiev on Thursday. Ukraine‘s unrest erupted in November 2013 after President Viktor Yanukovych rejected an association agreement with the EU in favour of closer ties with Moscow, and the turmoil has now become an all-out movement to oust him. 

A priest blesses an anti-government protester at a road block in Kiev on February 5, 2014. Ukraine's parliament will try again on February 5 to agree on curbing the presidency's powers, while the EU's foreign policy chief met embattled President Viktor Yanukovych to press for a resolution of the political crisis. The crisis has sparked tensions between the West, which is considering sanctions against Ukrainian officials, and Russia, which has accused the EU and US of interference in the former Soviet republic.

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A priest blesses an anti-government protester at a roadblock in Kiev. Ukraine’s parliament will try again on Wednesday to agree on curbing the presidency’s powers, while the EU’s foreign policy chief met embattled President Viktor Yanukovych to press for a resolution of the political crisis.

Opposition supporters in military uniforms and carrying sticks as weapons, line up in front of the city council building before marching in central Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Ukraine's parliament convenes amid tensions as the country's political crisis persists into its third month. Opposition lawmakers seek to push through a measure for broad amnesty for people arrested in the protests that have gripped the capital, but prospects of passage appear unpromising.

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Opposition supporters in military-style uniforms and carrying sticks, line up in front of the city council building before marching through central Kiev, Ukraine, as the country’s political crisis enters its third month

An anti-government protester stands at a road block in Kiev on February 3, 2014. Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Ukraine on Sunday in a bid to wring new concessions from President Viktor Yanukovych, buoyed by pledges of support from Europe and the United States. More than 50,000 people could be seen on Kiev's barricaded Independence Square -- that has become the epicentre of a two-month protest movement -- and thousands more were arriving.

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An anti-government protester stands at a road block in Kiev on Monday. Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Ukraine on Sunday in an attempt to wring new concessions from President Viktor Yanukovich, buoyed by pledges of support from Europe and the US.

A combination of 16 photos shows portrai...A combination of 16 photos shows portraits of anti-government protesters standing at a road block in Kiev on January 31, 2014. President Viktor Yanukovych on January 30 accused the opposition of inflaming tensions in Ukraine's crisis but also admitted for the first time that the authorities had made mistakes. The opposition has refused to end street protests despite the passing of the amnesty for protesters arrested in the two-month crisis. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS / ANGELOS TZORTZINISARIS MESSINIS,ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Portraits of 12 anti-government protesters standing at a road block in Kiev on Friday.