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Ukrainians rally in favour of EU

A huge rally has taken place in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, with pro-European demonstrators urging the government to sign a pact with the European Union. The biggest protest since the 2004 Orange Revolution was staged after president Viktor Yanukovych’s government reversed a plan to sign the historic deal with the EU – a U-turn critics say was forced by the Kremlin. As night fell, demonstrators clashed with police who fired tear gas to keep them back.

Ukrainians rally in favour of EU
Protesters shout slogans during a rally in Kiev on November 24, 2013. Pro-West Ukrainians on November 24 staged the biggest protest in Kiev since the 2004 Orange Revolution, demanding that the government sign a key pact with the European Union and clashing with police. The opposition called the rally after President Viktor Yanukovych's government reversed a plan to sign a historic deal deepening ties with the European Union, in a U-turn critics said was forced by the Kremlin. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainians rally in favour of EU
Protesters set up a tent camp on November 24, 2013 on the Square of Europe after a protest in Kiev. Pro-West Ukrainians on November 24 staged the biggest protest in Kiev since the 2004 Orange Revolution, demanding that the government sign a key pact with the European Union and clashing with police. The opposition called the rally after President Viktor Yanukovych's government reversed a plan to sign a historic deal deepening ties with the European Union, in a U-turn critics said was forced by the Kremlin. Placard reads: 'To Europe Without Yanukovych'. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainians rally in favour of EU
People hold an EU flag on November 24, 2013 during a rally in Kiev. Pro-West Ukrainians on November 24 staged the biggest protest in Kiev since the 2004 Orange Revolution, demanding that the government sign a key pact with the European Union and clashing with police. The opposition called the rally after President Viktor Yanukovych's government reversed a plan to sign a historic deal deepening ties with the European Union, in a U-turn critics said was forced by the Kremlin. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainians rally in favour of EU
A general view of the Ukrainian opposition rally in Kiev on November 24, 2013. Pro-West Ukrainians on Sunday staged the biggest protest rally in Kiev since the 2004 Orange Revolution, demanding that the government sign a key pact with the European Union and clashing with police. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainians rally in favour of EU
Protesters and riot police clash in front of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine during a rally in Kiev on November 24, 2013. Thousands of pro-Europe protesters in Ukraine attempted to storm the government building in the capital of Kiev Sunday, clashing with police who fired tear gas to keep them back. Protesters tried to break through police ranks surrounding the building, with some throwing stones and hitting officers with the signs they were carrying, as police fought back with batons, an AFP correspondent reported. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainians rally in favour of EU
Protesters hold a giant European Union flag in front of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine during a rally in Kiev on November 24, 2013. Thousands of pro-Europe protesters in Ukraine attempted to storm the government building in the capital of Kiev Sunday, clashing with police who fired tear gas to keep them back. Protesters tried to break through police ranks surrounding the building, with some throwing stones and hitting officers with the signs they were carrying, as police fought back with batons, an AFP correspondent reported. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainians rally in favour of EU
Riot police stand in front of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine during a rally in Kiev on November 24, 2013. Thousands of pro-Europe protesters in Ukraine attempted to storm the government building in the capital of Kiev Sunday, clashing with police who fired tear gas to keep them back. Protesters tried to break through police ranks surrounding the building, with some throwing stones and hitting officers with the signs they were carrying, as police fought back with batons, an AFP correspondent reported. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainians rally in favour of EU
People wave a EU flag and Ukrainian national flags during a rally in Kiev on November 24, 2013. Pro-West Ukrainians on Sunday staged the biggest protest rally in Kiev since the 2004 Orange Revolution, demanding that the government sign a key pact with the European Union and clashing with police. The opposition called the rally after President Viktor Yanukovych's government reversed a plan to sign a historic deal deepening ties with the European Union, in a U-turn critics said was forced by the Kremlin. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainians rally in favour of EU
Protesters and riot police clash in front of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine during a rally in Kiev on November 24, 2013. Thousands of pro-Europe protesters in Ukraine attempted to storm the government building in the capital of Kiev Sunday, clashing with police who fired tear gas to keep them back. Protesters tried to break through police ranks surrounding the building, with some throwing stones and hitting officers with the signs they were carrying, as police fought back with batons, an AFP correspondent reported. (AFP/Getty Images)