An anti-government protester wrapped in the Ukrainian national flag stands by a barricade during clashes with riot police on Kiev's Independence square on February 19, 2014
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Ukraine crisis explained - in 60 seconds

19 February 2014 Last updated at 18:53 GMT

Dozens of people have been killed in clashes between police and demonstrators in Ukraine's capital, Kiev.

Amid an ongoing political stalemate, violence has spread to other towns and cities.

Here is the background to the crisis - in 60 seconds.

Video produced by Michael Hirst

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