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    Protestors flock to Independence Square in downtown Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukraine once again failed to cut the historical umbilical cord tying it to Russia and failed to change its political and economic orientation toward Western Europe as its President Viktor Yanukovich was returning Friday from Lithuania, where he didn't sign the long expected Association Agreement with European Union.

  • Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times/MCT

    A protester hurls a cobblestone over a wall of fire toward police forces storming Independence Square in central Kiev, Ukraine

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Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 5:26 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 6:21 am

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