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History of Ukraine protests in pictures

Three months after protests began, Ukraine now has a new stand-in president - have a look through our picture timeline of events.
Protestors were against this decision. Many people don't want Ukraine to have a close relationship with Russia because of the history between the countries. However there are also huge numbers of people who support a link-up with Russia as the country has invested a lot of money in Ukraine and they feel they are more culturally tied to the country.
Protesters tie an EU flag to a statue
At the beginning of February the government was pushing for ways to resolve the crisis - it brought in a new law which offered freedom for all jailed protestors in return for campaigners leaving government buildings. On 16 February protesters evacuated Kiev city hall. But then things took a turn for the worse...
Kiev City Hall
On 18 February at least 18 people, including seven policemen, are killed. Protestors took back control of Kiev's city hall. Riot police moved in on Independence Square, where some 25,000 protesters remained. Both sides began fighting. 77 people died in the clashes, according to Ukraine authorities.
Burnt out building in Ukraine
The central square in Kiev has become a shrine to those who have lost their lives in the struggle. The protest banners were soon replaced by hundreds of flowers left as a mark of respect.
flowers in Kiev
Mr Yanukovych was still nowhere to be seen so protestors stormed his home on the outskirts of Kiev. Many were stunned by the luxury they find. The estate includes a private zoo, tennis courts and even a replica galleon. Many say this is a symbol of corruption in the government, that leaders were allowed to live wealthy lifestyles while the country struggled with money problems.
Yanukovych estate
A temporary president is announced, former government speaker Olexander Turchynov is to lead the country until elections are held on 25 May.
Olexander Turchynov
On 17 December after talks with President Viktor Yanukovych, Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to buy $15 billion of Ukrainian debt and to reduce the price of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine. Protestors held up despite the cold and snow and continued their demonstration. On 16th January the Ukrainian government passed anti-protest laws, they were later removed but more than 200 protestors had been jailed. By 22 January the protests became very dangerous and two people died.
Protesters in the snow
On 21 February President Viktor Yanukovych signed a deal with leaders of the opposition, agreeing to early elections and a coalition government. However, this was not enough for the protestors - they continued their campaign and took over more government buildings. By 22 February Mr Yanukovych had fled Kiev and was nowhere to be seen. The government voted to remove him from power.
Viktor Vanukovych
From the beginning of December, protestors began occupying government buildings and putting tents up in the square. On 8 December more than 800,000 people joined a demonstration.
Protesters fill independence square in Kiev - aerial view
For three months Ukraine has been in the news because of mass protests held mostly in the capital city, Kiev. They were sparked on 21 November 2013 after the president announced an end to a deal with the European Union, which many saw as a way to strengthen links with the rest of Europe.
Ukraine flag
Throughout December, demonstrators came out to show their support for the president too. Protests for both sides began popping up in other cities across the country.
Pro-president protesters
Many people who supported better ties with Europe decided to hold a demonstration in the central square of the capital. Over the coming days more and more people joined them. At first the police tried to make them move but they grew in number. On 30 November police launched their first raid on protestors, 35 people were arrested.
Hundreds of protesters