Since November 2013, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian protesters have taken over Kiev’s Independence Square and some major government buildings. Initially, the demonstrators gathered to protest against President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to pull out of a deal that would bring Ukraine closer to joining the European Union.
After brutal police crackdown, protests have grown in size and the focus of demonstrations has shifted to the larger issue of toppling the government and putting an end to corruption. The police have tried and failed to clear the tent city that has sprung up on the capital’s Independence Square. Protesters remain in the streets.