2013-12-12T120000Z_1388918858_GM1E9CC1QBG01_RTRMADP_3_UKRAINE (1)

Demonstrators gather at a barricade near Independence Square where pro-European integration protesters are holding a rally in central Kiev, December 12, 2013. Ukrainian protesters stood their ground after a sweep by riot police and their leaders dismissed an offer of talks from a president they say must quit for favouring ties with Russia over the European Union. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk