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Timeline: key events in Ukraine protests

WATCH: Police and protesters clash in Kyiv

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — 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.

READ MORE: Ukraine protesters defiant as future of EU agreement cast into doubt

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.

GALLERY: Confrontations between police and protesters continue in Kyiv (Jan. 20)

A bare chested man waves a Ukrainian flag during clashes between the opposition and police in the centre of Kiev on January 20, 2014. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
A bare chested man waves a Ukrainian flag during clashes between the opposition and police in the centre of Kiev on January 20, 2014. (Photo credit: Getty Images) Getty Images
Protesters stand in front of the wreckages of burnt trucks and buses as riot policemen stand in the background during clashes in the centre of Kiev on January 20, 2014. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
Protesters stand in front of the wreckages of burnt trucks and buses as riot policemen stand in the background during clashes in the centre of Kiev on January 20, 2014. (Photo credit: Getty Images) Getty Images
The wreckage of a burnt bus is pictured as protesters stand in the background during clashes with the police in the centre of Kiev on January 20, 2014. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
The wreckage of a burnt bus is pictured as protesters stand in the background during clashes with the police in the centre of Kiev on January 20, 2014. (Photo credit: Getty Images) Getty Images
Protesters clashes with the police in the centre of Kiev on January 20, 2014. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
Protesters clashes with the police in the centre of Kiev on January 20, 2014. (Photo credit: Getty Images) Getty Images
A protester displays rubber bullets and pillets used by police during clashe with opposition demonstrators in the centre of the Ukrainian capital Kiev on January 20, 2014. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
A protester displays rubber bullets and pillets used by police during clashe with opposition demonstrators in the centre of the Ukrainian capital Kiev on January 20, 2014. (Photo credit: Getty Images) Getty Images
Protesters throw Molotov cocktails during clashes with the police in the centre of Kiev on January 20, 2014. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
Protesters throw Molotov cocktails during clashes with the police in the centre of Kiev on January 20, 2014. (Photo credit: Getty Images) Getty Images
Protesters throw stones during clashes with police in the centre of the Ukrainian capital Kiev on January 20, 2014.
Protesters throw stones during clashes with police in the centre of the Ukrainian capital Kiev on January 20, 2014. Getty Images

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.

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