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    Protests in Kyiv, Ukraine


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Avelio, a student at the National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy, is part of the ongoing anti-government protests in Kiev, Ukraine, but says the atmosphere changed after Nov. 30. "Before, it was a peaceful student-strike without any political symbols and flags and which aim was to influence government course on EU-integration," Avelio says. "Then after the violent clean up of the student-camp on Maidan Nezalezhnosti the protests became larger and more radical adding support from opposition parties."
    Avelio hopes the protests make a difference. "My hope is that Ukraine's government will eventually have enough political will to sign the EU-Association Agreement despite both internal and external pressure," Avelio says.
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    Some photos of tensions in Ukrainian capital Kyiv caused by government's last-minute decision over EU-Association agreement. Dubbed as "euromaidan" it started as a student-protest and gained international attention after it's violent clean up on 30th of November conducted by militsiya (police) special units. This event caused a country-wide protests that are taking place to this day. [Taken with Canon 500D + Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens over a period of time from 27.11.13 to 11.12.13 in Kyiv, Ukraine:
    1. Statue of Ukrainian philosopher Hryhorii Skovoroda covered with EU flag in downtown Kyiv (27.11.13);
    2. Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Kyiv's main square famous for hosting Orange Revolution 27.11.13);
    Maidan Nezalezhnosti (11.12.13);
    Maidan Nezalezhnosti, second pro-EU rally (08.12.13);
    Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Christmas tree carcass covered with various flags (11.12.13);
    6. Maidan Nezalezhnosti, girl is sitting on the bench under the barricade (11.12.13);
    7. Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Ukrainian militsiya special unit Berkut on 29th of November, just before the violent clean up;
    Maidan Nezalezhnosti, first pro-EU rally (01.12.13);
    9. Kyiv City Hall on 1st of December which was taken by the protesters earlier that day;
    Maidan Nezalezhnosti, first pro-EU rally (01.12.13)]

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