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Ukraine crisis: Kiev protesters 'not satisfied' with revolution

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As the east of Ukraine is threatened by Russian invasion, The Telegraph goes back to Maidan where the revolution began on the streets of Kiev to find out why protesters have remained in the square despite toppling the government.

More than two months after the revolutionaries in Kiev toppled Ukraine's previous government, thousands of demonstrators are still camped in Independence Square - popularly known as the "Maidan" - in the heart of the capital. They overthrew Viktor Yanukovych, the former president, but they do not trust the new government under Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the current prime minister.

The protesters see all of Ukraine's established politicians as corrupt and compromised. They believe that only a permanent demonstration in the Maidan will guarantee that the government fulfills the ideals of the revolution. David Blair, The Telegraph's chief foreign correspondent, finds that some of the demonstrators already want to remove the new administration as well.

The Maidan has changed a great deal since snipers opened fire on the crowds at the height of the revolution on February 20. No clouds of smoke billow over the square and there is no longer any violence. But flowers still mark the places were people were killed and new displays commemorate of all the dead.

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