Ukraine Protests Protesters face riot police near the Presidential office building in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 9, where thousands of demonstrators continued to demand the Ukrainian government's resignation.
A Ukrainian protester waves a European flag during a pro-European protest rally on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 8. Tens of thousands of Ukrainian anti-government protesters demanded that President Viktor Yanukovych step down for his decision to back away from an association agreement with the European Union, a decision that has sparked a political crisis.
Riot police faces protesters near the Presidential office building in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 9.
A protester breaks apart a statue of Lenin at a monument in his honor after it was pulled down during a mass rally called "The March of a Million" in Kiev's Independence Square on Dec. 8.
A protester holds a stick over a drum bearing the printed portrait of Ukraine's President as he takes part in an opposition protest against the current Ukrainian government in the western Ukrainain city of Lviv on Dec. 6.
Local resident Mikhail Demchenko watches a TV broadcast showing Russia's President Vladimir Putin delivering his annual state of the nation address in the village of Verkhniaya Biryusa in Taiga area, 84 km (52 miles) south of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on Dec. 12.
Arseny Yatsenyuk (L), a Ukrainian opposition leader, gestures as he speaks to the speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Volodymyr Rybak in parliament, in Kiev on Dec. 3.
An pro-European protesters carry a firewood during another day of protest at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 10. (Anatoly Maltsev/EPA)
Pro-European integration protestors gather at a barricade as people walk past a check point in central Kiev, on Dec. 13.
Protesters practice tactics to defend themselves from possible police scuffles during a rally held by supporters of EU integration in central Kiev, on Dec. 8.
A Ukrainian woman, a pro-European Union activist, sits during the protest in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 11.
Pro-European Union activists shout toward a bus carrying riot police outside Kiev's City Hall, Ukraine, on Dec. 11
A pro-EU Ukrainian protester waving his national flag shouts slogans behind riot policemen standing guard in Independence Square in Kiev on Dec. 9.
A Ukrainian protester in a homemade protection equipment as his friend has a rest on the Mikhaylivska Square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Nov. 31. Supporters of Euro integration continue their protests in the capital.
Pro-European integration protestors wave flags in Independence Square in Kiev, on Dec. 12.
Pro-European integration protesters take part in a rally in Independence Square in Kiev on Dec. 11. (Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters)
A teenager waves a national flag over a crowd of Pro-European Union activists gathered during a rally in the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 8.
People supporting an EU integration attend a rally at Independence Square in Kiev on Dec. 4. Ukraine's government faced a tightening blockade of key buildings by protesters in the capital Kiev amid a crisis over its rejection of closer ties with the European Union that has piled pressure on the creaking economy.
A man plays a trumpet as he call protesters to be ready for police attack at Kiev's City Hall on Dec. 10. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will hold emergency talks in Ukraine on Dec. 10, amid growing international concern at the political crisis which has pitted the security forces against pro-EU demonstrators.
Anti-government protesters sleep on the floor of the occupied Kiev City Hall on Dec. 7, in Kiev, Ukraine.
A priest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church celebrates mass in a tent church on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine on Dec. 12.
A protestor waves the Ukrainian National flag during a mass demonstration on Independent Square in Kiev, Ukraine on Dec. 2.
A man swings a chain as protesters try to break through police lines near the presidential administration building during a rally held by supporters of EU integration in Kiev on Dec. 3.
A Pro-European Union activist holds a rose, a symbol of revolution and a small poster reading "Do not to anger Maidan (Independence Square )!" during a rally in the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine on Dec. 11.
Pro-European Union activists gather around a huge poster of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, bottom, during a rally in the Independence Square in KIev, Ukraine on Dec. 8.
Protesters clash with police outside the presidential office in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 1.
Security forces early Wednesday stormed the central plaza in Kiev where protesters have been rallying against the government of President Viktor F. Yanukovich.
Pro-European integration protestors sing during a rally at Independence Square in Kiev, Dec. 13.
Students wave flags of the European Union and Ukraine as they shout slogans during a rally of the opposition in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Dec. 5.