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In November 2013 the Ukrainian goverment decided not to sign an association agreement with the European Union. This decision led to massive protests throughout the country. Kiev's Independence Square (also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti) was at the center of the protests. The originally peaceful demonstrations against pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych turned into violence in February. Many people have been killed in street fighting. Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko said that the Ukrainian police force has been given combat weapons for use in the civil unrest in Kiev.
UCI Road Cycling World Championships
The UCI Road Cycling World Championships are the annual championships of bicycle road racing organized by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Its 2014 edition is taking place in the northern Spanish town of Ponferrada, making it the seventh event to take place in Spain and the 81st Road World Championships in history.
The competition consists of road races, individual time trials and team time trials in the Men's, Women's, Under-23 and Junior sections. The winner of each category is entitled to wear the coveted rainbow jersey in the following season. The Road Cycling World Championships together with the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia form the prestigious Triple Crown of Cycling, which has only been achieved by two riders: Eddy Merckx (1974) and Stephen Roche (1987).