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Snow-Covered Protests In Kyiv

Skirmishes with riot police have failed to dislodge thousands of protesters from downtown Kyiv -- and so has harsh winter weather. Here are scenes from the heart of the protests late on December 9 as snow fell on activists demonstrating against the government of President Viktor Yanukovych and in favor of closer ties with the EU. (10 PHOTOS)

A demonstrator holds a Ukrainian flag as he stands next to Interior Ministry personnel in central Kyiv late on December 9.
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A demonstrator holds a Ukrainian flag as he stands next to Interior Ministry personnel in central Kyiv late on December 9.

Boxing champion and leader of the UDAR (Punch) political party Vitali Klitschko is seen behind a line of riot police near the office of the president.
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Boxing champion and leader of the UDAR (Punch) political party Vitali Klitschko is seen behind a line of riot police near the office of the president.

Interior Ministry troops block protesters on a city street.
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Interior Ministry troops block protesters on a city street.

A man tries to keep warm near a barricade on Kyiv's central Independence Square.
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A man tries to keep warm near a barricade on Kyiv's central Independence Square.

A priest speaks to protesters in front of a police line.
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A priest speaks to protesters in front of a police line.

Pro-EU Ukrainian protesters face off with security forces.
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Pro-EU Ukrainian protesters face off with security forces.

Protesters face riot police trying to disperse the crowds in front of government buildings in Kyiv.
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Protesters face riot police trying to disperse the crowds in front of government buildings in Kyiv.

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Riot police move in to to disperse people near the Cabinet of Ministers building, where thousands of demonstrators continued to demand the Ukrainian government's resignation.
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Riot police move in to to disperse people near the Cabinet of Ministers building, where thousands of demonstrators continued to demand the Ukrainian government's resignation.

Children play in the snow as riot police move to block protests near the presidential administration building.
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Children play in the snow as riot police move to block protests near the presidential administration building.

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