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Four Weddings and a Revolution: Love on the Barricades in Ukraine

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An opposition supporter hugs his future bride after he asked her to marry him at barricades in central Kiev, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. The supporter took his bride-to-be specially to barricades to share a tender moment there. Kitted out in masks, helmets and protective gear on the arms and legs, radical activists are the wild card of the Ukraine protests now starting their third month, declaring they're ready to resume violence if the stalemate persists. Efrem Lukatsky / AP

Love is blossoming amid the turmoil of Ukraine's anti-government protests.

In the past ten days the frozen barricades of Kiev's protest camp have been the unlikely location for at least three proposals of marriage, and even one wedding.

Activists have been camped out around Kiev's Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square, for the past two months. They have faced freezing temperatures and intermittent clashes with riot police, but amid the adversity they have become a true community, according to protester Mykhailo Havrilyuk.

"People here in Maidan meet more new people, make new friends, get together. Get married, and sleep around, so to speak," he told The Associated Press. "Life goes on, even here in these conditions."

Image: A protester proposing to his girlfriend in a street close to Kiev's Independence Square
A protester proposing to his girlfriend in a street close to Kiev's Independence Square on Feb. 2, 2014. Wearing a helmet, balaclava and bullet-proof jacket, the man professed his love through a megaphone, got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend as his comrades lit smoke flares. OLEKSANDR STASHEVSKIY / AFP - Getty Images
Image: Kiev: EuroMaidan protester's daily life on the barricades
Jenya, 23, kisses his fiance Nastya, 17, shortly after he proposed on Feb. 2, 2014. The couple met during the EuroMaidan rallies about a month ago. They plan to get married on the barricades. Anastasia Vlasova / Demotix via Corbis