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Ukrainian police officers stand in line during protests in Kiev. Ukrainian pro-Europe demonstrators vowed to stay on the streets and continue their blockade of government buildings, despite a police threat to enforce a court order that the protesters disperse.
People supporting an EU integration attend a rally at Independence Square in Kiev on Wednesday.
Police stand guard outside the parliament in Kiev on Tuesday. Ukraine’s government survived a no-confidence motion, dashing hopes of thousands of demonstrators calling for its resignation after the government’s decision to turn its back on an integration agreement with the EU.
A man throws a flare in the direction of Ukraine interior ministry members, during a rally held by supporters of EU integration in Kiev.
Ukrainian students stand hand in hand as part of a human chain organised by pro-EU protesters to symbolise the unity of Ukraine with Europe. The chain, pictured here in front of a portrait of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, began in Kiev’s Independence Square and snaked out along a passing thoroughfare in the capital.
Students take part in a pro-European rally in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. An EU summit to cap years of effort to bring ex-Soviet states into the Western fold opens with its ambitions dented on Thursday after Ukraine, the biggest prize, balked at the last moment under Russian pressure. Kiev’s surprise decision to scrap a landmark political and trade accord with the European Union just days before has set off a war of words between East and West reminiscent of the Cold War and sparked some of the biggest protests in Ukraine in a decade.
Students attend a rally in support of EU integration in Kiev. Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich poured scorn on his jailed rival, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, on Wednesday, saying the question of her imprisonment should not hinder Kiev’s integration with the EU.
A supporter of jailed former Ukrainian prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko holds a portrait of her during a rally in front of the parliament building in Kiev. EU mediators have resumed efforts in Ukraine on Wednesday to secure Ms Tymoshenko’s release from jail as the clock ticks down to the signing of landmark trade accords at the end of the month.
A Ukrainian opposition activist holds a riot policeman as protesters try to enter Kiev’s city council building on Wednesday. Several hundred people rallied to try to break a council hearing and demanded elections, claiming the session was illegal.
Angelica Kvieczynski of Brazil performs during the 32th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Kiev, Ukraine on Wednesday. Read more