GEMS LEFT BEHIND

Inside Yanukovych’s Palace

As the Ukrainian president flees, thousands have traveled to his extravagant palace to revel in and scrutinize the lavish lifestyle he left behind.

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Exploring the Grounds

Anti-government protesters gather by the entrance to the Mezhyhirya residence of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych in the village Novi Petrivtsi, outside Kiev February 22, 2014. Hundreds of people entered the grounds of Yanukovych's sprawling residence outside Kiev on Saturday but had not gone inside the building itself, a Reuters photographer said.

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Surveying What Was

Anti-government protestors gather at the former president's palace feeling proud and victorius as he flees the city.

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A Glimpse of Luxury

People look through windows of the Mezhyhirya residence of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych as anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds.

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Testing Things Out

Now that he's gone, Ukrainians are more than willing to play around at Viktor Yanukovych's palace. A man turns on a water tap inside the residence as anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds of the luxurious Mezhyhirya residence.

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Views of the Water

Once Yanukovych fled, his empty palace was fair grounds for anti-government protestors to celebrate a victory or visitors looking for a pretty stroll.

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Photo Opp

A woman takes a picture of a statue as anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych.

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Drink Up

A man explores the libation options that Yanukovych left behind.

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Extravagant Halls

The interior view of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's sprawling residence outside Kiev reveals what a luxurious life he led.

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The Masses

Yanukovych's residence is filled with anti-government protestors who have been eagerly awaiting his departure, but there are also other Ukrainians just excited to check out his lush digs.