Mass rallies in Ukraine

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Pro-European integration protesters attend a rally in Maidan Nezalezhnosti on Independence Square in central Kiev, December 17, 2013. Russia threw Ukraine an economic lifeline on Tuesday, agreeing to buy $15 billion of Ukrainian debt and to reduce the price its cash-strapped neighbour pays for vital Russian gas supplies by about one-third. The deal that keeps the cash-strapped country in Moscow's orbit but fuelled street protests in Kiev. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich