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A reporter wears a strainer as a helmet while taking pictures during clashes between protesters and police in central Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Demonstrations have intensified recently, leaving three people dead in clashes between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital Wednesday, according to medics on the site. The two-month-long political crisis began after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spurned a pact with the European Union in favor of close ties with Russia, which offered him a $15 billion bailout.