A man tries to climb a flag pole to place a Ukrainian flag outside the burnt trade union building in Odessa, Ukraine, on May 4, 2014, where people died in in a fire that tore through the building. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) #
Anti-government protesters continue to clash with police in Independence square [Maidan Nezalezhnosti], despite a truce agreed between the Ukrainian president and opposition leaders on February 20, 2014 in Kiev. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) The statue in the center of the square depicts the brothers Kyi, Shchek, & Khoryv and their sister Lybid, the founders of Kiev (according to legend).
People walk inside the burnt trade union building, in Odessa, Ukraine, on May 4, 2014, where people died in in a fire that tore through the building. More than 40 people died in riots two days earlier, some from gunshot wounds, but most in a horrific fire that tore through a trade union building. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Sovereignty vs. Self-Rule: Crimea Reignites Battle - NYTimes.com, MARCH 8, 2014. "The clash in Crimea is hardly an exact parallel of the Kosovo episode... Though the United States intervened militarily in Kosovo, it did not do so to take the territory for itself. But the current case underscores once again that for all of the articulation of grand principles, the acceptability of regions breaking away often depends on the circumstances."
Volunteers take an oath of allegiance to Ukraine before being sent to the eastern part of Ukraine to join the ranks of special battalion unit fighting against pro-Russian separatists, in Kiev, Ukraine, on August 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)