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At five minutes to midnight, the crowd sang Ukraine’s national anthem, hoping to set a new world record for group singing. People lit torches, creating a beautiful light show on the square. Dozens of paper lanterns were launched into the night sky. A spectacular fireworks-and-laser show signaled the start of the New Year, amid a joyous and peaceful atmosphere with no police in sight.

Ukrainians sing the national anthem to close out 2013 and usher in 2014.

New Year’s Eve ended with dueling messages to the nation, one from President Viktor Yanukovych and another from his imprisoned rival, ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

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