PHOTO GALLERY: Winter Olympics and unrest in Ukraine

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | 2:44 p.m. CST; updated 3:28 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 19, 2014
While the world's attention is on the Sochi Winter Olympics, elsewhere, many are striving for more freedom. Images from the Sochi Winter Olympics are contrasted with scenes from Ukraine, Syria and Egypt as protests and riots attract attention on the world stage.

While most of the world has turned its attention to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, riots and protests continue in other parts of the world with the latest in Kiev, Ukraine. This photo gallery contrasts the images of celebration with those of violence and unrest around the world.

Sergei Bubka, the pole vault great who heads the Ukrainian Olympic Committee, urged both sides in Ukraine's political crisis to halt the violence that left at least 25 people dead and 240 injured in Kiev on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported. The crisis centers on divided loyalties in Ukraine between Russia and the West.

"I'm shocked by what is happening in my native country — especially because the violence is taking place during the Olympic Games, the world's most peaceful and democratic event," Bubka said.

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