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UKRAINE, Kiev : Members of a so-called “Maidan’s self defence unit” stand by on Independence square in central Kiev on March 1, 2014. Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip on Crimea on Saturday as the Kremlin vowed to help restore calm on the restive Ukrainian peninsula and Washington warned of “costs” to Moscow should it order in troops. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

UKRAINE, Kiev : A scarecrow like mock anti-government protestor is pictured on a barricade between protestors and government forces on February 21, 2014 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. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

UKRAINE, Kiev : Boots belonging to a protester are left on a makeshift memorial at the Independence square in central Kiev on February 28, 2014. Ukraine accused Russia of staging an “armed invasion” of Crimea on Friday as the ex-Soviet state’s ousted leader prepared to emerge defiant from five days of hiding after winning protection from Moscow. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

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Euromaidan #3. Kiev mourns protesters killed in violent clashes with riot police

Kiev, February 23, 2014 (Maidan Nezalezhnosti‒Khreshchatyk‒Instytutska Street) | Nokia Asha 200.

UKRAINE, Kiev : A man takes a selfie photo in front of a huge flag of Crimean Tatars during an action on Independence Square in Kiev on February 28, 2015 marking the first anniversary of the begining of annexation of Ukrainian Crimea by Russia. The UN Security Council scheduled an emergency session to discuss the fragile ceasefire in Ukraine on February 27, a year to the day since Russian troops and pro-Moscow forces began seizing ports and cities on the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY                        

UKRAINE, Kiev : Newly freed Ukrainian opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko speaks at Independence Square on February 22, 2014, moments after parliament voted to hold early presidential elections in May. Tymoshenko received a rapturous welcome on Independence Square. “You are heroes, you are the best of Ukraine,” she told the 50,000-strong crowd before breaking down in tears. The latest developments in the ex-Soviet nation’s three-month political crisis came after protesters took control of Kiev’s charred city centre and seized Yanukovych’s lavish residence on a day of dramatic twists and turns. AFP PHOTO /BULENT KILIC