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February 3, 2014

Ukraine: Protests by thousands in Independence Square

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych returned to work on Monday after four days of illness. Demonstrators across Ukraine demand that he step down. --Thea Breite (16 photos total)

An anti-government protester stands in front of a roadblock in Kiev on February 3, 2104. Tens of thousands of protesters, buoyed by pledges of support from Europe and the United States, rallied in Ukraine on Sunday in a bid to wring new concessions from President Viktor Yanukovych. More than 50,000 people could be seen on Kiev's barricaded Independence Square,that has become the epicenter of a two-month protest movement. (Angelos Tzortini/AFP/Getty Images)

People look at a golden toilet installed by activists on a pedestal where a statue of Lenin used to stand before it was ripped down by protesters, in Kiev on February 3, 2014. Among the accusations against Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych that have fueled the demonstrations is the charge that he had gold toilets installed at his sprawling country estate near Kiev. Earlier, Ukrainian activists targeted the Kiev offices of Germany's Deutsche Bank, claiming that it was handling corruption money from President Viktor Yanukovych's inner circle. (Anatoli Boiko/AFP/Getty Images) #

A priest holds a picture of Virgin Mary in Independence Square in Kiev on February 3, 2014 as demonstrators keep up their pressure on the government. President Viktor Yanukovych returned to work after four days of sick leave. (Anatoli Boiko/AFP/Getty Images) #

Tents of anti-government protesters are seen at Independence Square in Kiev February 3, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor. (Gleb Garanich/Reuters) #

Riot police stand in a cordon facing a barricade of anti-government protesters in Kiev February 3, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich returned to work on Monday after four days of sick leave, issuing a warning about rising "radicalism" after more than two months of unrest on the streets but giving no word on a new prime minister. (David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters) #

A woman stands before a roadblock in Kiev on February 3, 2014. Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Ukraine on Sunday in a bid to wring new concessions from President Viktor Yanukovych, buoyed by pledges of support from Europe and the United States. More than 50,000 people could be seen on Kiev's barricaded Independence Square -- that has become the epicenter of a two-month protest movement -- and thousands more were arriving. (Aris Messini/AFP/Getty Images) #

Anti-government protesters holding shields go near a barricade as a woman passes by in Kiev February 3, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich will return to work on Monday, four days after going on sick leave, according to a statement posted on the presidential website on Sunday. Yanukovich faces a serious crisis and widespread opposition protests. (Gleb Garanich/Reuters) #

An anti-government protester wears a Guy Fawkes mask as he stands on a barricade in Kiev, February 3, 2014. (Thomas Peter/Reuters) #

An anti-government protester stands guard as a fellow protester hugs his girlfriend on a barricade that faces a cordon of riot police in Kiev February 3, 2014. (Gleb Garanich/Reuters) #

An anti-government protester is reflected in a mirror as he stands guard on a in Kiev February 3, 2014. (Gleb Garanich/Reuters) #

A picture of Yulia Tymoshenko is placed at a roadblock made by anti-government protesters in Kiev on February 3, 2014. Tymoshenko is the former prime minister, was jailed in an act of political retribution. (Aris Messini/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man plays the piano at the anti-government protest tent camp in central Kiev February 3, 2014. (David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters) #

Members of the radical group Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) practice street fighting in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. (Darko Bandic/AP) #

Activists of Democratic Alliance party plunge replica of Euros signed "Stop blood!!!" into symbolic blood during protest action in front of Deutsche Bank in Ukraine office in Kiev on February 3, 2014. Protesters are calling on the German bank to stop collaboration with the banks and with the companies owned by President Viktor Yanukovych's family. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images) #

An anti-government protester stands at a roadblock in Kiev on February 3, 2014. (Aris Messini/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Molotov cocktail hangs on a barricade heading to Kiev's Independence Square Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. Ukraine's president will return Monday from a short sick leave that had sparked a guessing game he was taking himself out of action in preparation to step down or for a crackdown on widespread anti-government protests. (Emilio Morenatti/AP) #

 
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