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Updated 2255 GMT (0655 HKT) December 22, 2013
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Newlyweds Mikhail and Margarita Nakonechniy kiss in front of barricades on Independence Square in a gesture of support for pro-Europe activists in Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday, December 21. Protesters have poured into the streets of the Ukrainian capital, angered by their government's move away from the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia. Sergei Chuzavkov/AP
Protesters fill Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, December 17. GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
A girl wearing a traditional Ukrainian wreath attends an opposition rally in Independence Square on December 17. YURIY DYACHYSHYN/AFP/Getty Images
A young girl stands next to police officers guarding the presidential offices in central Kiev on December 17. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters sit behind wood bricks in Independence Square on December 17. Written on the bricks are names of Ukrainian settlements whose inhabitants are taking part in the demonstrations. SERGEY DOLZHENKO/EPA/LANDOV
Flowers are stuck on barriers in front of Ukrainian Interior forces guarding Kiev's administrative district on December 17. TATYANA ZENKOVICH/EPA//LANDOV
Pro-EU activists march in Kiev on December 17. Dmitry Lovetsky/AP
Pro-EU activists stand guard at barricades guarding a heavily fortified tent camp in Independence Square on December 17. AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenk
Activists warm themselves beside a bonfire as they guard barricades at Independence Square on Monday, December 16. AP Photo/Sergei Grit
Pro-EU activists cook during a rally in Independence Square on Sunday, December 15. Dmitry Lovetsky/AP
U.S. Sens. John McCain, center, and Chris Murphy, right, join Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko during a mass rally at Independence Square on December 15. McCain told protesters seeking closer ties with Europe, "The free world is with you, America is with you." GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
An estimated 200,000 pro-EU activists gather during a rally in Independence Square on December 15. Sergei Grits/AP
People sing, shout slogans and wave Ukrainian and EU flags during a mass rally in Independence Square on December 15. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-EU activists wave flags around the monument to the founders of Kiev during a rally in Independence Square on December 15. Efrem Lukatsky/AP
A couple of pro-EU activists share a tender moment at a tent camp in Kiev on December 15. Efrem Lukatsky/AP
Pro-EU activists, one waving the EU flag, gather during a rally in Kiev on December 15. Efrem Lukatsky/AP
Smoke rises as Ukrainian protesters continue their anti-government demonstrations in Independence Square on December 15. Aykut Unlupinar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
A protester shouts slogans and waves a flag of the Batkivshchyna party during a protest near the Ukrainian Security Service building in Kiev on December 15. EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO /LANDOV
Ukrainian opposition supporters gather at a mass rally in Kiev on December 15. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators by the thousands rally in Independence Square on Saturday, December 14. VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
People go through a police line separating the competing rallies of opposition protesters in Independence Square and supporters of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in Kiev on December 14. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images
Supporters of the president wave flags of the ruling Party of Regions, as well as Ukrainian flags, during a rally on Kiev's European Square on December 14. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images
Anti-government protesters guard a barricade designed to keep police from evicting them from Independence Square on Friday, December 13. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images
Protesters stand at a barricade in Kiev on December 13. YURIY DYACHYSHYN/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters hold Ukrainian national flags as they picket the Ukrainian House during round-table talks between Yanukovych, former presidents and leaders of the opposition on December 13. GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
Riot police storm barricades set up by pro-EU protesters in Independence Square on Wednesday, December 11. DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images
Riot police move against protesters on Independence Square around 2 a.m. December 11. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed "disgust" over the crackdown. VOLODYMYR SHUVAYEV/AFP/Getty Images
A protester calls for attention inside Kiev's City Hall after riot police were forced out from blocking the front door on December 11. Victor Boyko/Getty Images
Police enter Independence Square on December 11. Onur Coban/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Riot police officers block the entrance of Kiev's City Hall as protesters pour water from windows and throw smoke grenades at them on December 11. Efrem Lukatsky/AP
A young police officer guards a roadblock on Institutskaya Street near the presidential area in Kiev on December 11. Victor Boyko/Getty Images
Protesters who oppose Yanukovych clash with anti-riot police in Independence Square on December 11. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images
A protester shouts behind riot police standing guard in Independence Square on December 9. SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
A protester in Kiev slams a toppled monument of Vladimir Lenin on December 8. Efrem Lukatsky/AP
Riot police separate pro-EU protesters and supporters of the ruling party during a large rally held in Independence Square on December 8. GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators shout slogans during the mass rally on December 8. SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
Thousands of protesters gather in Independence Square on December 8. SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-EU activists shout slogans during the rally on December 8. An estimated 100,000 Ukrainians participated.
A young protester shouts slogans near a placard depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and signed "Fare you well!" during the December 8 rally. SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-EU activists gather around a huge poster of Yulia Tymoshenko, the jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister, on December 8. Sergei Grits/AP
Riot police block protesters during the December 8 rally. GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
A rose, the symbol of the revolution, lies on barricades being built by Pro-EU activists next to the Ukrainian Government building in Kiev on December 8. Sergei Grits/AP
A pro-EU activist holds a cut-out paper heart as she faces police at the presidential office in Kiev on December 8. Efrem Lukatsky/AP
EU flags and Ukrainian national flags fly above a crowd of pro-EU activists in Independence Square on December 8. Sergei Grits/AP
Pro-EU activists shout slogans during the rally in Independence Square on December 8. Ivan Sekretarev/AP
Demonstrators gather in Independence Square during the mass rally December 8. VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
A pro-EU activist offers flowers to police officers at the presidential office in Kiev on December 8. Efrem Lukatsky/AP
Anti-government protesters camp in Independence Square early in the morning on December 8. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images
Protesters on Independence Square demonstrate against Yanukovych and call for a closer relationship to the EU on December 7. Jan A.Nicolas/DPA /LANDOV
Protesters prepare food at a camp in Independence Square on December 7.
Pro-EU activists attend a rally in Independence Square on December 7. Efrem Lukatsky/AP
Orthodox believers, carrying icons and crosses, walk during a religious procession outside the parliament building in Kiev on December 6. Ivan Sekretarev/AP
Police stand guard opposite a sea of protesters near the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on December 3. ALEXEY FURMAN/EPA/LANDOV
Protesters chant slogans outside the parliament in Kiev on December 3. Sergei Grits/AP
Protesters gather in front of the parliament on December 3. Ivan Sekretarev/AP
Police stand guard outside the parliament on December 3. Sergei Grits/AP
Protesters use a bulldozer during clashes with police at the presidential office in Kiev on December 1. Efrem Lukatsky/ap
A protester throws stones toward riot police on December 1. The crowd chanted "Revolution" and "Down with the Gang" as it gathered in Independence Square. GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
A bleeding protester shouts at a police medic after police pushed protesters off the street leading to the presidential administration building on December 1. Sergei Chuzavkov/ap
Protesters clash with police guarding the presidential administration building on December 1. Sergei Grits/ap
A Ukrainian protester throws stones at riot police during clashes outside the president's office on December 1. VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
Police and protesters look at an injured person near the presidential office on December 1. Aleksandr Yalovoy/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images
Pro-EU demonstrators clash with police near the presidential administration office on December 1. SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators gather in downtown Kiev on December 1. Sergei Grits/ap
Anti-government protesters gather near Shevchenko University on December 1 in Kiev. courtesy Anna Masyanya
A protester injured in clashes with police stands on Independence Square on November 30. GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers guard Independence Square on November 30 after dispersing a rally. Sergei Grits/AP
Dozens of protesters were wounded in a clash with police in Kiev on November 30. STR/AFP/Getty Images
Ukrainian riot police detain a protester on November 30. Sergei Chuzavkov/AP
Opposition supporters hold EU flags November 30 as they guard the gates of the Mikhailovsky monastery. VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
A woman cries during a rally on November 30. VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
Injured protesters receive medical help in an ambulance after riot police broke up a rally on November 30. Sergei Chuzavkov/AP
Protesters gather over bonfires November 30. Sergei Grits/AP
Opposition supporters shout slogans and wave flags on November 29. GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
A demonstrator holds a torn portrait of Yanukovych on November 29. Sergei Grits/AP
Demonstrators hold hands during a rally on November 29. Sergei Grits/AP
Demonstrators take to the streets in the center of Kiev on November 28. Sergei Grits/AP