Kiev conflict

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Some police join protesters

Ukrainian riot police charged protesters occupying a central Kiev square after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence more than 22 years ago. See gallery

An emotional police officer who has joined anti-government protesters is escorted during a rally in Independence Square in Kiev on Feb. 21.

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Cheering crowd

People cheer as they listen to police officers from Lviv who have joined anti-government protesters during a rally in Independence Square in Kiev on Feb. 21.

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Protester funeral

The casket of an anti-government demonstrator killed in Thursday’s clashes with police is carried through the streets next to Kiev’s Independence Square on Feb. 21.

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Remembering the fallen

A woman lights a candle on Feb. 21 for anti-government protesters killed in Thursday's clashes with riot police in Kiev.

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Parliament fight

Ukrainan deputies fight during a session of parliament in Kiev on Feb. 21.

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Protesters build a barricade

Protesters build a barricade on Feb. 21 in Independence Square in Kiev.

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Medical attention

An anti-government protester receives medical assistance behind a barricade on Feb. 21 in Kiev.

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Violence flares up

Police take cover behind shields as anti-government protesters throw flares at them on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

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Smoke screen

Anti-government protesters clash with police in Kiev’s Independence Square on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Violence erupted just hours after the government and opposition had agreed a truce.

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Human toll rises

Anti-government protesters carry a man to safety after he was injured during clashes with police on Feb. 20, 2014, in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Calculated moves

An anti-government protester shouts instructions to his group while trying to advance to new positions in Kiev on Feb. 20, 2014.

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Riot police hang flag

Berkut riot police hang a Ukrainian flag from a street light on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine on Feb. 19, 2014. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between anti-government protesters and police as the Ukrainian parliament is meant to take up the question of whether to revert to the country's 2004 constitution.

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Protesters take cover

Anti-government protesters take cover behind shields as they gather in Independence Square in central Kiev on Feb. 19, 2014. Ukraine's interim prime minister said Wednesday that protests which brought violent clashes with police Tuesday amounted to an attempted coup.

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Woman bring sandwiches to protesters

A woman carries sandwiches as anti-government protesters gather in Independence Square in central Kiev on Feb. 19, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich accused pro-European opposition leaders on Wednesday of trying to seize power by force after at least 26 people died in the worst violence since the former Soviet republic gained independence.

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Rock-hurling protesters

Anti-government protesters throw rocks at riot police during clashes in Kiev's Independence Square on Feb. 19, 2014. Protesters braced Wednesday for a fresh assault by riot police in central Kiev after a day of clashes left at least 25 people dead in the worst violence since the start of Ukraine's three-month political crisis. As dawn rose over Kiev's battered city center, protesters hurled paving stones and Molotov cocktails at lines of riot police that had pushed into the heart of the devastated protest camp on Independence Square.

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Interior Ministry members extinguish fire

Interior Ministry members stand in formation as their colleagues attempt to extinguish a fire during clashes with anti-government protesters in Independence Square in central Kiev on Feb. 19, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich warned his opponents on Wednesday that he could deploy force against them after what he called their attempt to "seize power" by means of "arson and murder."

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Protesters break stones

Anti-government protesters gather and break stones during a rally in central Kiev on Feb. 19, 2014.

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Independence Square clash

Anti-government protesters clash with police in Independence Square in Kiev on Feb. 19, 2014. The protesters are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union.

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Prayers in shelter

A man, center, prays as people rest inside Mikhailovsky Zlatoverkhy Cathedral (St. Michael's golden-domed cathedral), which serves as a temporary shelter and a first-aid post for anti-government protesters, in Kiev on Feb. 19, 2014.

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Protesters use fire bombs

An anti-government protester throws a fire bomb toward riot police during clashes at the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Violence erupted in the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday following months of largely peaceful protests. More than 25 people lost their lives in Tuesday’s clashes.

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Slingshot state

A member of the security forces aims a slingshot toward protesters during clashes in Kiev early Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

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Wall of protest

Anti-government protesters use shields to create a wall in order to keep riot police out of Kiev's Independence Square on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

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Taking cover

Anti-government protesters shield themselves from riot police as they gather at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

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Police charge protesters

Anti-government protesters gather near fires at a tent encampment during clashes with riot police in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, early Wednesday, Feb. 19.

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Widespread violence

Ukrainian riot police take cover behind their shields during clashes with anti-government protesters near Independence Square in Kiev on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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Tough measures

Fireworks explode near anti-government protesters during clashes with riot police at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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Petrol bombs

Protesters responded with petrol bombs, fireworks and stones as police threw stun grenades in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Police gain ground

A protester throws a log during clashes with riot police at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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Island of freedom

Vitaly Klitschko, an opposition leader, reacted defiantly, telling supporters: "We will not leave here. This is an island of freedom. We will defend it."

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Clash

Interior Ministry forces clash with protesters during a rally in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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Demanding decisive action

A protester throws a Molotov cocktail while attacking an office of the pro-presidential Party of the Regions in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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Day of clashes

Interior Ministry forces take cover during clashes with anti-government protesters in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
 

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Right Sector

Riot police stand near the wounded after clashes in central Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Right Sector, a militant far-right group, added to tensions by calling on people holding weapons to go to Independence Square to protect it from security forces.

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Aggressive actions

Interior Ministry forces take cover behind shields during clashes with protesters in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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Injured

Wounded people are seen after clashes with riot police in central Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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Attack

Protesters gather as they attack an office of the pro-presidential Party of the Regions in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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