Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have been filling the streets of Kiev in protest against their country’s frayed and corrupt political system. The demonstrations started when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych backed away from a deal for greater integration with the European Union by inching toward Russia. Yanukovych and opposition leaders met Dec. 13 to discuss their political differences.
Dec. 13, 2013 Anti-government protesters stand guard at one of the barricades restricting access to Independence Square in Kiev. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images Buy Photo