In the news: Political crisis deepens in Ukraine

As the Ukrainian parliament vote to abolish anti-protest laws, we take a look back at the events from the past week

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  • KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 21: Anti government protester stand next of a charred police truck during standoff with riot units on Hrushevskoho street after consecutives nights of clashes on January 21, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Thousands marched on Kiev's streets to demonstrate against a recently passed anti-protest legislation that bans the use of masks and helmets during demonstrations. (Photo by Etienne De Malglaive/Getty Images)
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  • KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 21: Anti government protester on the watch of riot police lines on Hrushevskoho street after consecutives nights of clashes on January 21, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Thousands marched on Kiev's streets to demonstrate against a recently passed anti-protest legislation that bans the use of masks and helmets during demonstrations. (Photo by Etienne De Malglaive/Getty Images)
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  • An Orthodox priest tries to stop clash protesters the police in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. Ukrainian police on Wednesday stormed protesters' barricades in Kiev as violent clashes erupted and activists said that one person had been shot dead by the security forces. Total of two activists shot dead during clashing. The move by police increased tensions to a new peak after two months of protests over President Viktor Yanukovych's failure to sign a deal for closer ties with the EU. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • A demonstrator holds up a chain and a riot police shield as protestors clash with police in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. At least two activists were shot dead today as Ukrainian police stormed protesters' barricades in Kiev, the first fatalities in two months of anti-government protests. Pitched battles raged in the centre of the Ukrainian capital as protesters hurled stones at police and the security forces responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • A protestor throws a molotov cocktail at riot police in the centre of Kiev on January 22, 2014. Ukrainian police today stormed protesters' barricades in Kiev as violent clashes erupted and activists said that one person had been shot dead by the security forces. Total of two activists shot dead during clashing. The move by police increased tensions to a new peak after two months of protests over President Viktor Yanukovych's failure to sign a deal for closer ties with the EU. AFP PHOTO/ VASILY MAXIMOV (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 22: Violent clashes erupted on the streets of Hrushevskoho after three protesters were confirmed dead after three consecutive nights of clashes on January 22, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. One of the dead protesters has been named as Serhiy Nihoyna. (Photo by Etienne De Malglaive/Getty Images)
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  • Riot police face protestors during clashes in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. Ukrainian police today stormed protesters' barricades in Kiev as violent clashes erupted and activists said that one person had been shot dead by the security forces. Total of two activists shot dead during clashing. The move by police increased tensions to a new peak after two months of protests over President Viktor Yanukovych's failure to sign a deal for closer ties with the EU. AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLIY STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLIY STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Riot police officers gather as they clash with protestors in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. Ukrainian police today stormed protesters' barricades in Kiev as violent clashes erupted and activists said that one person had been shot dead by the security forces. Total of two activists shot dead during clashing. The move by police increased tensions to a new peak after two months of protests over President Viktor Yanukovych's failure to sign a deal for closer ties with the EU. AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII BOIKO (Photo credit should read ANATOLII BOIKO/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • A woman hits a riot police officers with a cross as he pulls a protester during clashes in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. Ukrainian police on Wednesday stormed protesters' barricades in Kiev amid violent clashes where two activists were shot dead, the first fatalities in two months of anti-government protests. Pitched battles raged in the centre of the Ukrainian capital as protesters hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at police and the security forces responded with tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. AFP PHOTO / ANATOLIY STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLIY STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 22: Protester throws a Molotov cocktail on Grushevsky street on January 22, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Thousands marched on Kiev's streets to demonstrate against a recently passed anti-protest legislation that bans the use of masks and helmets during demonstrations. (Photo by Sergey Starostenko/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)
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  • KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 22: A protestor gestures at police on the streets of Hrushevskoho after two protesters were confirmed dead after three consecutive nights of clashes on January 22, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. They are the first fatalities since anti-government protests began in November. One of the dead protesters has been named as Serhiy Nihoyna. Photo by Etienne De Malglaive/Getty Images)
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  • KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 22: Protestors clash with riot police on the streets of Hrushevskoho after two protesters were confirmed dead after three consecutive nights of clashes on January 22, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. They are the first fatalities since anti-government protests began in November. One of the dead protesters has been named as Serhiy Nihoyna. Photo by Etienne De Malglaive/Getty Images)
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  • KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 24: Incendiary projectiles are ready to be used by anti-government protesters near Dynamo Stadium on January 24, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After two months of primarily peaceful anti-government protests in the city center, new laws meant to end the protest movement have sparked violent clashes in recent days. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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  • KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 24: Police block the road near the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers building on January 24, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After two months of primarily peaceful anti-government protests in the city center, new laws meant to end the protest movement have sparked violent clashes in recent days. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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  • KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 24: Police block the road near the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers building on January 24, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After two months of primarily peaceful anti-government protests in the city center, new laws meant to end the protest movement have sparked violent clashes in recent days. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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  • KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 24: Anti-government protesters set fire to tyres near Dynamo Stadium on January 24, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After two months of primarily peaceful anti-government protests in the city center, new laws meant to end the protest movement have sparked violent clashes in recent days. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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  • KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 24: An anti-government protester, his face blackened by the smoke of burning tires, pauses as the crowd sings the Ukrainian national anthem on January 24, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After two months of primarily peaceful anti-government protests in the city center, new laws meant to end the protest movement have sparked violent clashes in recent days. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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  • A woman speaks as she kneels down in front of a line of riot police in the center of Kiev on January 24, 2014. Ukrainian protesters today expanded their protest camp in Kiev closer to the administration of President Viktor Yanukovych, after crisis talks to end Ukraine's worst crisis since its 1991 independence ended in deadlock. After five days of clashes that activists say left five dead, Ukraine's three main opposition leaders held several hours of talks with Yanukovych late on January 23 but the minor concessions they announced were greeted with derision by protesters. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 25: An Orthodox priest prays between police and protestors at the scene of anti-government protests near Dynamo Stadium on January 25, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Violent protests in Ukraine have spread beyond the capital as President Viktor Yanukovych held crisis talks with three key opposition leaders. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
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  • KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 26: The body of Mikhail Zhiznevsky, 25, an anti-government protester who was killed in clashes with police, rests in the back of a hearse following a memorial service in his honor on January 26, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After two months of primarily peaceful anti-government protests in the city center, new laws meant to end the protest movement have sparked violent clashes in recent days. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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  • KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 28: An anti-government protestor in Independence Square on January 28, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukraine's parliament is holding a special session called over continuing unrest in the country and Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has offered to resign. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
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