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The Story Of the Ukrainian Revolution In Photos

by | 24th, February 2014

THE Ukrainian Revolution was televised. To date, 85 lost their lives on the battlefield of Maidan Nezalezhnosti. Many were shot by police loyal to President Viktor Yanukovych. The President has fled. Olexander Turchynov, an ally of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, was declared interim president. 

 

Communist Party members, supporters of Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych hold caricature depicting President Yuschenko with the hair-do of Opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko during a rally in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, April 12, 2007. Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko said Thursday that his order to dissolve parliament and hold new elections will stand, continuing a war of wills with the defiant premier who appeared to signal his readiness for a compromise.

 

So. What happened? The trouble became a violent struggle when on 21 November 2013, Yanukovych’s cabinet announced that it would not honour an agreement for closer trade ties with the European Union. It would get closer to Russia.

In 2004, The Ukraine became independent of Russia.

 

Supporters of the Rukh Popular Movement for Ukraine?s independence, awaiting the arrival of U.S. President George Bush, demonstrate outside the Supreme Soviet Building in Kiev on Thursday, August 1, 1991. The U.S. President will address the Ukrainian session during his visit.

 

 

 

Young activists for Russia's United Russia party march in support of Ukraine's pro-Moscow Regions Party on Independence square in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March, 22, 2006. Forty five parties are standing in Sunday's critical parliamentary elections. Under constitutional reforms, key presidential powers will pass to parliament. The slogans on the flags and tents reads Our Ukraine.

 

Also on November 21 2013, Ukrainian MPs refuse to approve a bill that would allow jailed Yulia Tymoshenko to leave the country, probably for Germany.

In 201o, Yanukovych had defeated Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the presidential election. She said the vote was rigged. Soon after, she was imprisoned.

 

In this Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 file photo Police officers lead former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko out of the courtroom after a verdict in her case has been rendered at the Pecherskiy District Court in Kiev, Ukraine. A Kiev court has upheld the conviction and seven-year jail sentence for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, condemned as politically motivated by the West. Tymoshenko was found guilty of abuse of office in October and sentenced to prison for overstepping her authority while negotiating a natural gas contract with Russia in 2009.

 

Trouble was in the air.

 

Activists hang an EU flag during a rally in support of Ukraine's integration with the European Union in the center of Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

Leaflets with a picture of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and a text reading "Freedom for Yulia" fly over the heads of Ukrainians lawmakers in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Nov. 19. 2013 after an opposition activist tossed the leaflets from a balcony for press. A vote on a bill that would allow the jailed former premier to travel to Germany for medical treatment is scheduled in parliament in the day, only nine days ahead of an important summit with European Union leaders. Protesters rest in the Kiev City Council building which they occupied in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. A protest by about 300,000 Ukrainians angered by their government's decision to freeze integration with the West turned violent Sunday, when a group of demonstrators besieged the president's office and police drove them back with truncheons, tear gas and flash grenades. Dozens of people were injured. A protester collects firewood for heating in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, early Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. Ukraine's opposition failed to force out the government with a parliamentary no-confidence vote Tuesday, leaving political tensions unresolved and a potential standoff between protesters and the country's leaders looming. A man dressed as a Cossack on a horse parades through the street during a Pro-European Union rally in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. The third week of protests continue Sunday with an estimated 200,000 Ukrainians occupying central Kiev to denounce President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to turn away from Europe and align this ex-Soviet republic with Russia. A Pro-European Union activist tries to give food to riot police officers preparing to block the Independence Square in KIev, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The policemen, wearing helmets and holding shields, formed a chain across Kiev’s main street outside the city building. Organizers called on protesters to vacate the city hall and the other building which the opposition had used as its headquarters.

 

 

A woman passes a line of Ukrainian riot police guarding the Ukrainian presidential administration building in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Top Western diplomats headed to Kiev Tuesday to try to defuse a standoff between President Viktor Yanukovych's government and thousands of demonstrators, following a night in which police in riot gear dismantled protesters' encampments outside government buildings. Riot police officers block the entrance of city hall during a clash with pro-European Union activists in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, as protesters pour water from windows and throw smoke grenades against the police. Security forces clashed with protesters as they began tearing down opposition barricades and tents set up in the center of the Ukrainian capital early Wednesday, in an escalation of the weeks-long standoff threatening the leadership of President Viktor Yanukovych. An Pro-European Union activist runs during clash with riot police on the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Security forces clashed with protesters as they began tearing down opposition barricades and tents set up in the center of the Ukrainian capital early Wednesday, in an escalation of the weeks-long standoff threatening the leadership of President Viktor Yanukovych. A supporter of Yanukovych's party of Regions wearing a Ukrainian national flag stands in front of police line during their rally next to pro-European Union's protesters at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. The opposition has called for a vast turnout to a rally on Sunday. Rallies on the previous two Sundays drew hundreds of thousands of protesters. That same day, Yanukovych's Party of Regions has called for a pro-government demonstration that it claims will bring 200,000 people to Kiev. Barricades made of snow, tyres, wood and wire, foreground, protect a pro-European Union mass rally from riot police in Independent square in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. About 200,000 anti-government demonstrators converged on the central square of Ukraine's capital today, a dramatic demonstration that the opposition's morale remains strong after nearly four weeks of daily protests. An activist plays the piano for Pro-European Union supporters which warm themselves near a bonfire 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.

 

 pro-European Union activist unwinds barbed wire to reinforce the barricades around Independence Square in case the tent camp is stormed by police, in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych both pledged Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 to boost economic and trade ties to expand the "strategic partnership" between the two neighbors. Pro-European Union activists decorate a Christmas tree during a rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Anti-government demonstrators continued to occupy Kiev's Independence Square, expressing their anger over a bailout Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych negotiated with Russia earlier this week. Newlyweds Mikhail and Margarita Nakonechniy share a tender moment in front of barricades on Independence Square, in a gesture of support for pro-Europe activists in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. Pro-European Union activists gather during a rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. Protesters in Kiev are demanding President Viktor Yanukovych's resignation over his decision to ditch a pact with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

 

Pro-European Union activists hold light as they sing the Ukrainian national anthem, celebrating the New Year in the Ukrainian capital Kiev's main square early Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. At least 100,000 Ukrainians sang the country's national anthem together at the square on New Year's Eve in a sign of support for integration with Europe. Opposition leaders had called on Ukrainians to come to Kiev's Maidan on the New Year's Eve and sing the national anthem in an act of defiance and what they expected could be the record-breaking live singing of an anthem. Pro-European Union activists hold light as they sing the Ukrainian national anthem, celebrating the New Year in the Ukrainian capital Kiev's main square early Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. At least 100,000 Ukrainians sang the country's national anthem together at the square on New Year's Eve in a sign of support for integration with Europe. Opposition leaders had called on Ukrainians to come to Kiev's Maidan on the New Year's Eve and sing the national anthem in an act of defiance and what they expected could be the record-breaking live singing of an anthem. pposition leader and former WBC heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko is attacked and sprayed with a fire extinguisher as he tries to stop the clash between police and protesters in central Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Hundreds of protesters on Sunday clashed with riot police in the center of the Ukrainian capital, after the passage of harsh anti-protest legislation last week seen as part of attempts to quash anti-government demonstrations. A group of radical activists began attacking riot police with sticks, trying to push their way toward the Ukrainian parliament building, which has been cordoned off by rows of police and buses. Protesters clad in improvised protective gear prepare for a clash with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. After a night of vicious streets battles, anti-government protesters and police clashed anew Monday in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. ( A police officer throws a Molotov cocktail during clashes with protesters in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Two 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. 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. Pro-government hired thugs, referred to as "titushki" are captured by protesters in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Anti-government protesters tied the suspected hired thugs, stained them with paint and then released them. Police in Ukraine's capital on Wednesday tore down protester barricades and chased demonstrators away from the site of violent clashes. A police officer aims his shotgun during clashes with protesters in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. City health officials and police said that two people died of gunshot wounds during the clashes Wednesday morning. But the opposition charges that as many as five people have died. 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. In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine Sergei Nigoyan, center, a 20-year-old ethnic Armenian who joined the protests in December after traveling from his home in the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk, stands on a barricade in Kiev, Ukraine. The protesters' deaths, the first since the largely peaceful protests started in November, fueled fears that the daily demonstrations aimed at bringing down the government over its decision to shun the European Union for closer ties to Moscow and over human rights violations could turn more violent. One of the victims of clashes in Kiev was identified as Sergei Nigoyan. In this file photo taken on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, A protester aims fireworks at police during clashes, in central Kiev, Ukraine. Thick black smoke from burning tires engulfed parts of downtown Kiev as an ultimatum issued by the opposition to the president to call early elections or face street rage was set to expire with no sign of a compromise on Thursday. In this file photo taken on Thursday, Jan. 23,

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