CRACKDOWN

02.20.14

Photos from the Fiery Battle for Kiev, Ukraine

Bloody clashes between police and protesters have left almost 100 dead on the streets of Kiev. See photos, tweets, and videos from the city's Independence Square.

Ukraine’s months-long protest against the government of Viktor Yanukovych—set off by the president’s refusal to enter into a trade agreement that would have put the post-Soviet country on the road to EU membership—reached a terrifying zenith this week, as the streets of Kiev became engulfed in a violent struggle between activists and authorities. Police armed with machine guns and pro-government gangs flooded into the Euromaidan square, where protesters met them with rocks, bats and fire bombs. Bellow, see pictures of the volatile capital below and follow the evolving situation in Ukraine on The Daily Beast.

The Bloody Battle for Kiev in Photos

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Watch live footage from the Euromaidan (Independence Square) area of Kiev, Ukraine on YouTube.

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Video surfaced on YouTube Wednesday of the devastating aftermath of clashes between the protesters and police. Dozens of bodies—some moving, others still—are seen lying around the streets of Kyiv. It also, Christopher Miller tweets, shows titushki (the Ukrainian President's strongmen) working with the police.

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A wounded anti-government protester is carried to a makeshift clinic on Independence Square on February 20, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty)
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An anti-government protester waves the national flag from the top of a statue during clashes with riot police in the Independence Square in Kiev February 20, 2014. (Reuters)
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Smoke rises above Independence Square during anti-government protests in central Kiev in the early hours of February 19, 2014. (Petro Zadorozhny/Reuters)
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The above video shows protesters throwing Molotov cocktails at an approaching armored personnel carrier, which then bursts into flames. The New York Times reports a number of police officers have died of gunshot wounds in Kiev, although witnesses say some may have been trapped in a burning vehicle—possibly this one.

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Anti-government protesters smoke at a barricade in central Kiev February 19, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych 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 (David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)
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Anti-government protesters burn documents near the public prosecution office after an attempt to take it over in the town of Ternopil in western Ukraine, February 19, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych 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. (Reuters)
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Monasteries and hotels were turned into impromptu hospitals and food and water banks on Thursday to aid injured protesters, as reports emerged of snipers in central Kiev.