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Timeline of key events in Ukraine protests

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    A protester attacks police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Police in Ukraineís capital on Wednesday tore down protester barricades and chased demonstrators away from the site of violent clashes, hours after two protesters died after being shot, the first violent deaths in protests that are likely to drastically escalate the political crisis that has gripped Ukraine since late November. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) (The Associated Press)

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    Protesters move burning tyres during clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Police in Ukraine’s capital on Wednesday tore down protester barricades and chased demonstrators away from the site of violent clashes, hours after two protesters died after being shot, the first violent deaths in protests that are likely to drastically escalate the political crisis that has gripped Ukraine since late November. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) (The Associated Press)

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    Police officers detain a protester during clashes in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Police in Ukraine’s capital on Wednesday tore down protester barricades and chased demonstrators away from the site of violent clashes, hours after two protesters died after being shot, the first violent deaths in protests that are likely to drastically escalate the political crisis that has gripped Ukraine since late November. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) (The Associated Press)

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    Protesters stand hand in hand in front of riot police officers as they block a street after clashes in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Two people have died in clashes between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital Wednesday, according to medics on the site, in a development that will likely escalate Ukraine's two month-long political crisis. The mass protests in the capital of Kiev erupted after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spurned a pact with the European Union in favor of close ties with Russia, which offered him a $15 billion bailout. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) (The Associated Press)

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    A woman speaks with police officers as they block a street after clashes in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Two people have died in clashes between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital Wednesday, according to medics on the site, in a development that will likely escalate Ukraine's two month-long political crisis. The mass protests in the capital of Kiev erupted after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spurned a pact with the European Union in favor of close ties with Russia, which offered him a $15 billion bailout. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) (The Associated Press)

Three protesters died during Wednesday confrontation between police and demonstrators in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, further escalating two-month-old protest movement over the government decision to ditch a cooperation deal with the EU for closer ties with Moscow.

Here are the key dates that have shaped the protests so far:

Nov. 21 — President Viktor Yanukovych's cabinet announces that they are ditching an agreement that would strengthen ties with the European Union, and instead seek closer cooperation with Moscow.

Nov. 30 — Police launches a brutal attack on protesters, detaining 35. Images of protesters bloodied by police truncheons spread quickly and galvanized public support for the demonstrators. A demonstration on December 1st attracted around 300,000 people, the largest protest in Kiev since the Orange Revolution in 2004.

Dec. 17 — Russian President Vladimir Putin announces that Moscow will buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds and allow for a sharp cut in the price Ukrainians will have to pay for Russian natural gas. Putin and Yanukovych claimed that there were no conditions attached to the agreement, which did not require Ukraine to join a Russia-led free trade pact.

Jan. 22 — Two protesters die after being hit with live ammunition and the third after a fall during a confrontation between police and demonstrators manning barricades, the first protest deaths.