Ukrainian riot police withdrew from Independence Square after overnight clashes, leaving jubilant protesters. US and EU diplomats were on the scene.
French President Hollande promised a short intervention. But the killing of two French soldiers signals a tough task ahead.
The protests in Ukraine that erupted after the president rejected possible EU membership are now aimed at high-level corruption. More countries are seeing protests demanding integrity from elected leaders.
Ukraine's energy company has agreed with Russia gas giant Gazprom to hold of on settling natural gas debts for imports since October. With Ukraine embroiled in protests, the move signals a tilt by Kiev back to its former Kremlin patrons, Graeber writes.