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John McCain Rocks Out In Ukraine

Never one to miss a chance to take a dig at Vladimir Putin's Russia, the senator came for the protests and stayed for Ukrainian rock legends Okean Elzy.

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U.S. Senator John McCain arrived in Kiev Saturday to show his support for anti-government protesters. McCain has a long history of piggybacking on democratic movements in the former USSR to get in jabs at Vladimir Putin.

200,000 people sang the national anthem with their phones aloft.

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Many of them were there to see Ukrainian rock legends Okean Elzy.

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The band's classic lineup played together for the first time in years.

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Lasers spelled "Ukraine, stand up!"

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McCain couldn't stop taking pictures.

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Max Seddon is a correspondent for BuzzFeed World based in Berlin. He has reported from Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and across the ex-Soviet Union and Europe. His secure PGP fingerprint is 6642 80FB 4059 E3F7 BEBE 94A5 242A E424 92E0 7B71

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