Demonstrators carry Russian flags in support of pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine, in Simferopol, Crimea, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Demonstrators marched and held a rally in support of pro-Russian protesters occupying government buildings in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. (AP Photo/Max Vetrov)
For over two months, demonstrators have gathered in Kiev’s central Independence Square to voice their frustration with the government. What began as a peaceful rally in support of Ukrainian integration into the EU intensified following a brutal police crackdown.