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Four weddings and a revolution: Love on the barricades in Ukraine

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An opposition supporter hugs his future bride after he asked her to marry him next to the protest barricades in central Kiev on Feb. 2, 2014.

Love is blossoming amid the turmoil of Ukraine's anti-government protests.

In the past ten days the frozen barricades of Kiev's protest camp have been the unlikely location for at least three proposals of marriage, and even one wedding.

Activists have been camped out around Kiev's Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square, for the past two months. They have faced freezing temperatures and intermittent clashes with riot police, but in facing that adversity they have become a true community, according to protester Mykhailo Havrilyuk.

"People here in Maidan meet more new people, make new friends, get together. Get married, and sleep around, so to speak," he told The Associated Press. "Life goes on, even here in these conditions."

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A newlywed couple walks near a barricade built by anti-government protesters in Kiev on Jan. 26, 2014.

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A protester proposing to his girlfriend in a street close to Kiev's Independence Square on Feb. 2, 2014. Wearing a helmet, balaclava and bullet-proof jacket, the man professed his love through a megaphone, got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend as his comrades lit smoke flares.

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Jenya, 23, kisses his fiance Nastya, 17, shortly after he proposed on Feb. 2, 2014. The couple met during the EuroMaidan rallies about a month ago. They plan to get married on the barricades.