Ukrainian protesters meet early morning on Independence Square
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Anti-government activists in Kiev who spent the night on Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) perform their morning exercises. Other protesters prepare breakfast or make hot tea in an attempt to warm up as the temperature in Kiev falls as low as -16 degrees Celsius. On the other side of the square, Berkut officers guarding the area can be seen. Maidan has seen hundreds of thousands of people rallying since November. The rallies grew into riots in Grushevskogo Street after the adoption of controversial protest laws on January 16 by the country's parliament.