Bitter Contrast: Kiev's Independence Square in Brighter Days

These two pictures show Independence Square in Kiev on April 22, 2009 during a social movement called "Smile Ukraine! Smile overcomes a crisis!," organized by students, top, and the same square on Thursday, three months after a political crisis erupted into protests that have left dozens killed.
These two pictures show Independence Square in Kiev on April 22, 2009 during a social movement called "Smile Ukraine! Smile overcomes a crisis!," organized by students, top, and the same square on Thursday, three months after a political crisis erupted into protests that have left dozens killed.AFP - Getty Images

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These two pictures show Independence Square in Kiev on April 22, 2009 during a social movement called "Smile Ukraine! Smile overcomes a crisis!," organized by students, top, and the same square on Thursday, three months after a political crisis erupted into protests that have left dozens killed.