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With the support of Kiev's residents, protesters continued on Monday (February 10) their occupation of the city's Independence Square - or Maidan.
The protests started as a spontaneous pro-EU movement after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich favoured closer economic ties to Russia rather than sign a free trade pact with the European Union in November last year. Three months later, they have become a show of anti-government feelings.
Protesters interviewed recently on the barricades and at the protester's camp in Maidan said they rejected foreign interference - be it from the European Union, the United States or Russia.
What they want is a change of government and ultimately the departure of Yanukovich from power.
The political situation is deadlocked, with the opposition pressing for constitutional changes that would re-balance powers - now heavily weighted towards the presidency - between the president, government and parliament.
Yanukovich opposes suc