The Ukraine crisis in 30 photos

01:12, Mar 06 2014
Ukraine crisis in pictures
The Euromaidan protests began late last year, as a peaceful protest movement. Here, thousands of supporters gather in Independence Square in capital Kiev, demanding closer ties to the European Union. President Viktor Yanukovych had suspended talks on an EU-integration deal, instead seeking closer ties with Russia.
Ukraine crisis in pictures
Ukraine is an extremely young country, carved out of the Soviet Union in 1990. The population of 44.5 million are deeply divided on some issues, with the eastern half of the country generally supporting closer ties to Russia and the western side preferring EU-integration. Many in the eastern section of the country speak Russian and see themselves as part of Russia - somewhat understandably since an independent Ukraine is only 24 years old.
Ukraine crisis in pictures
Tensions rose throughout 2013. Here, pamphlets showing jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko are scattered onto the Ukrainian Parliament in late November last year.
Ukraine crisis in pictures
Anti-protest laws backfired on the Government, bringing out more and more demonstrators.
Ukraine crisis in pictures
Anti-protest laws backfired on the Government, bringing out more and more demonstrators.
Ukraine crisis in pictures
Anti-protest laws backfired on the Government, bringing out more and more demonstrators.
Ukraine crisis in pictures
Anti-protest laws backfired on the Government, bringing out more and more demonstrators.
Ukraine crisis in pictures
Three protesters died on January 22 during clashes.
Ukraine crisis in pictures
Following the resignation of the prime minister and some concessions, early February was relatively calm.
Ukraine crisis in pictures
Here, a protestor aims a pneumatic gun at riot police.
Kiev gets bloody
Violence erupted again on February 18, killing at least 26.
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Kiev's Independence Square remained the centre of unrest.
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A truce was announced but soon failed. At least 77 died between February 19 and 21.
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A wounded man in the streets of Kiev.
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A truce was announced but soon failed. At least 77 died between February 19 and 21.
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A truce was announced but soon failed. At least 77 died between February 19 and 21.
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Government snipers shoot at protesters.
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Government snipers shoot at protesters.
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A truce was announced but soon failed. At least 77 died between February 19 and 21.
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On the 21st of February, protesters take control of Kiev, and Yanukovych flees.
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On the 22nd, they storm the President Yanukovych's residence. Here, a protester plays golf at his grounds.
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On the 24th of February, Ukraine's interim goverment drew up a warrant for Yanukovych's arrest. Here, a guard stands outside parliament.
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Leaders of the protest movement propose Arseniy Yatsenyuk, pictured with the microphone, as the new prime minister.
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A pro-Russian rally in the east of Ukraine, in early March.
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On February 27, masked gunmen seize control of several government buildings and two airports in Crimea, an eastern region of Ukraine that holds Russian military bases.
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The soldiers wear unmarked uniforms, but most assume that they are Russian.
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On March 1, Russian troops take over Crimea without firing a single shot.
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On March 5, US Secretary of State John Kerry, front right, meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, front left, in an attempt to solve the crisis. Exiled President Yanukovych has been granted Asylum by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia has pushed back against demands from the West that their forces in Ukraine's Crimea region stand down, but talks are ongoing. The crisis continues...
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A pro-Russian rally in the east of Ukraine, in early March.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 16. The Sochi Olympics were intended as a show of Russian development, but the crisis diverted international media attention. Many experts agree that Putin sees a revolution in Ukraine as a huge threat, given the country's close ties to Russia - if it can happen in Kiev, can it happen in Moscow?

Tensions remain on a knife edge in the Crimea after Russian troops took control of the peninsula and Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade Ukraine.

High-level diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine have made little apparent headway with Russia's foreign minister refusing to recognise his Ukrainian counterpart.

It has been the biggest standoff with the West since the Cold War ended, with the US threatening to isolate Russia economically.

Here we look at how the Ukraine crisis has unfolded through 30 photos.

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