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Putin throws Ukraine $15 bn lifeline, slashes gas price

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday gave Ukraine precious backing by agreeing to buy $15 billion of its debt and slash its gas bill by a third as it battles mass protests over the rejection of a historic EU pact. 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (left) shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, on December 17, 2013

The deal brought tens of thousands of pro-EU protesters flocking to Independence Square in the heart of Kiev to denounce what they saw as a sell-out by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to the Kremlin.

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