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Country: Pro-Russia President and Protests

country: He fought for a year in the war against Russian-backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine that broke out a few weeks after those protests, according to CTV. Back then, we just had stones and sticks. He's tougher now than during the massive 2014 protests that drove Ukraine's pro-Russia president to flee the country, he says. Now most of us are military men -- we have been to war and we have nothing to lose, the 55-year-old said. But the current protests, focusing on Ukraine's endemic corruption, tap a deep strain of discontent in a country prone to upheaval. The protesters have set up a few dozen tents, a far smaller showing than the sprawling encampments that filled parts of downtown in the 2014 demonstrations and the 2004 Orange Revolution that forced a rerun of a fraudulent presidential election. ( As reported in the news.