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A Pro-European Union activist plays with the ball in front of barricades at the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. President Vladimir Putin says Russia's $15-billion bailout for Ukraine is driven by a desire to help a partner in a desperate situation and isn't linked to its talks with the European Union.The Kremlin's move comes as Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych faces massive street protests over his decision to spike a pact with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)