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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.

TOPSHOTS Anti-government protesters warm themselves at a fire  near a barricade early morning in Kiev on January 31, 2014. A bill passed by Ukraine's parliament to amnesty arrested activists gives protesters a 15-day deadline to leave occupied streets and administrative buildings otherwise it will not be implemented, according to the text published the day before.

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Anti-government protesters warm themselves at a fire near a barricade in Kiev. Ukraine‘s parliament has passed an amnesty law for those who have been detained during the unrest, on the condition that protesters abandon government buildings they have occupied. 

A medic of the anti-government protest camp poses for a portrait with his security guard at the barricades near the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev...A medic of the anti-government protest camp (L) poses for a portrait with his security guard at the barricades near the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 28, 2014. Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned on Tuesday while deputies loyal to President Viktor Yanukovich, acting to calm violent street protests, back-tracked and overturned anti-protest laws they rammed through parliament 12 days ago. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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A medic of the anti-government protest camp, left, with his security guard at the barricades near the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev. Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned on Tuesday while deputies loyal to President Viktor Yanukovich, acting to calm violent street protests, overturned anti-protest laws they rammed through parliament 12 days ago.

Protesters warm up themselves at a fire during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev, Ukraine, 27 January 2014. The Ukrainian opposition had called on 26 January for more negotiations with the government, just hours after rebuffing an invitation to join the administration. Ukraine has seen violent protests since November 2013. The demonstrations have been led by pro-Europe activists angry that President Viktor Yanukovych had decided against an association agreement with the European Union in favour of closer relations with Russia.

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Protesters pause during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev, Ukraine.

A woman speaks as she kneels down in fro...A woman speaks as she kneels down in front of a line of riot police in the center of Kiev on January 24, 2014. Ukrainian protesters today expanded their protest camp in Kiev closer to the administration of President Viktor Yanukovych, after crisis talks to end Ukraine's worst crisis since its 1991 independence ended in deadlock. After five days of clashes that activists say left five dead, Ukraine's three main opposition leaders held several hours of talks with Yanukovych late on January 23 but the minor concessions they announced were greeted with derision by protesters. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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A woman speaks as she kneels down in front of a line of riot police in the center of Kiev Ukrainian protesters today expanded their protest camp in Kiev closer to the administration of President Viktor Yanukovych, after crisis talks to end Ukraine‘s worst crisis since its 1991 independence ended in deadlock. After five days of clashes that activists say left five dead, Ukraine’s three main opposition leaders held several hours of talks with Yanukovych late on January 23 but the minor concessions they announced were greeted with derision by protesters. 

Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-European Union activists and police lines in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. A top Ukrainian opposition leader on Thursday urged protesters to maintain a shaky cease-fire with police after at least two demonstrators were killed in clashes this week, but some in the crowd appeared defiant, jeering and chanting "revolution" and "shame." (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-EU activists and police lines in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday. A top Ukrainian opposition leader on Thursday urged protesters to maintain a shaky ceasefire with police after at least two demonstrators were killed in clashes this week, but some in the crowd appeared defiant, jeering and chanting “revolution” and “shame”. 

A pro-European integration protester takes cover behind a makeshift shield at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 23, 2014. Ukrainian opposition leaders emerged from crisis talks with President Viktor Yanukovich on Wednesday saying he had failed to give concrete answers to their demands, and told their supporters on the streets to prepare for a police offensive.

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A pro-European integration protester takes cover behind a makeshift shield at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev, Ukraine. Opposition leaders emerged from crisis talks with President Viktor Yanukovich on Wednesday, saying he had failed to give concrete answers to their demands, and told their supporters on the streets to prepare for a police offensive

Protesters clash with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Three people have died in clashes between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital Wednesday, according to medics on the site, in a development that will likely escalate Ukraine's two month-long political crisis. The mass protests in the capital of Kiev erupted after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spurned a pact with the European Union in favor of close ties with Russia, which offered him a $15 billion bailout. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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Protesters fight with police in central Kiev, Ukraine. Three people have died in clashes in the Ukrainian capital on Wednesday, according to medics on the site, in a development that will likely escalate Ukraine’s two-month political crisis. 

An elderly woman walks from police officers as they block a street during unrest in central Kiev, Ukraine,Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Anti-government protesters

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An elderly woman walks from police officers as they block a street during unrest in central Kiev, Ukraine

Anti-government protest in Ukraine...epa04032580 Protester throws a Molotov cocktail fire during an opposition supporters protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 20 January 2014. Violence broke out 19 January at anti-government protests as hundreds of opposition supporters armed with clubs tried to break through a police blockade and storm the Ukrainian parliament. The demonstrations took on a sharper tone after last week's passage of new laws that protesters and human rights groups said are designed to stifle dissent. They criminalize libel, establish new penalties for unlawful protests and make it easier to strip legislators of their immunity.  EPA/ALEXANDR ORLOV

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A protester throws a Molotov cocktail during an opposition supporters’ protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine. Violence broke out Sunday at anti-government protests as hundreds of opposition supporters armed with clubs tried to break through a police blockade and storm the Ukrainian parliament. The demonstrations took on a sharper tone after last week’s passage of laws that protesters and human rights groups said were designed to stifle dissent. The laws criminalise libel, establish fresh penalties for unlawful protests and make it easier to strip legislators of their immunity. 

TOPSHOTS Ukrainian pro-EU protesters kee...TOPSHOTS Ukrainian pro-EU protesters keep warm around a bonfire in Independence Square in Kiev early on January 17, 2014. The European Union and the United States expressed concern after the Ukrainian parliament passed laws to curb the right to protest, a move the opposition called a power grab.  Western rights groups meanwhile denounced the bills as an attempt by President Viktor Yanukovych to impose a "dictatorship" and called on him to veto the legislation. AFP PHOTO/GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images

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Pro-EU protesters keep warm round a bonfire in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine. The EU and US expressed concern after the Ukrainian parliament passed laws to curb the right to protest, a move the opposition described as a power grab. Western rights groups denounced the bills as an attempt by President Viktor Yanukovych to impose a ‘dictatorship’ and called on him to veto the legislation. 

Vladimir Malyshev...Ukrainian lawmakers scuffle as pro-government lawmaker Vladimir Malyshev, left, injured in the scuffle, has blood on his face in the Ukrainian parliament  in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Lawmakers scuffled in the Ukrainian parliament during a debate on this year's budget. Despite the opposition's efforts to disrupt the vote,  the budget draft, which has already been delayed by almost two months, was passed in its second reading.

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Lawmaker Vladimir Malyshev, left, was left with blood on his face after a scuffle in the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, during a debate on this year’s budget. Despite the opposition’s efforts to disrupt the vote, the budget draft, which has already been delayed by almost two months, was passed on its second reading 

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 integration protester raises his fist during a rally at Independence Square in Kiev December 17, 2013. Demonstrators demanding that President Viktor Yanukovich step down after he spurned a trade and investment deal with the European Union last month plan a new show of force in Ukraine's capital on Tuesday as the president meets his Russian counterpart.

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A pro-European integration protester raises his fist during a rally at Independence Square in Kiev. Demonstrators demanding that President Viktor Yanukovich step down after he spurned a trade and investment deal with the EU last month are planning a new show of force in Ukraine’s capital on Tuesday as the president meets his Russian counterpart.

A man dressed as a bear, walks near a barricade during a gathering of pro-European integration protesters, while waiting for paid photographs with tourists, in central Kiev...A man dressed as a bear, walks near a barricade during a gathering of pro-European integration protesters, while waiting for paid photographs with tourists, in central Kiev December 16, 2013. The opposition went ahead with preparations for another big rally for Tuesday against what they see as moves by President Viktor Yanukovich to sell out national interests to Russia after backing away from a landmark deal with the European Union that would have shifted their country westwards.

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A man dressed as a bear walks near a barricade put up by pro-European integration protesters in central Kiev on Monday. The opposition went ahead with preparations for another big rally for Tuesday against what they see as moves by President Viktor Yanukovich to sell out national interests to Russia after backing away from a landmark deal with the EU that would have shifted Ukraine westwards.

An Pro-European Union supporter dressed as Cossack has a rest at a tent camp in the city main street of Khreschatyk in Kiev Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Ukraine's opposition appears confident and shows no sign of relenting in its standoff with the government. The government has made some gestures toward the opposition, rejected some of its main demands and is opaque on another.

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Pro-EU supporters dressed as Cossacks rest at a tent camp in the city main street of Khreschatyk in Kiev, Ukraine. The opposition appears confident and shows no sign of relenting in its stand-off with the government.

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