CRACKDOWN

02.20.1411:15 AM ET

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

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.

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

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.

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.

KIEV, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 20: A wounded anti-government protester is carried to a makeshift clinic on Independence Square on February 20, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between anti-government protesters and police, with dozens killed. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
A wounded anti-government protester is carried to a makeshift clinic on Independence Square on February 20, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty)
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. Fresh fighting broke out in central Kiev on Thursday, shattering a truce declared by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, as the Russian-backed leader met European ministers demanding he compromise with pro-EU opponents. REUTERS/Stringer (UKRAINE  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)   - RTX196GU
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)
KIEV, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 20:  Anti-government protesters rebuild barricades following continued clashes with police in Independence square, despite a truce agreed between the Ukrainian president and opposition leaders on February 20, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government protesters, who are calling to oust President Viktor Yanukovych over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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Smoke rises above Independence Square during anti-government protests in central Kiev in the early hours of February 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. REUTERS/Petro Zadorozhny (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CITYSCAPE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX194F8
Smoke rises above Independence Square during anti-government protests in central Kiev in the early hours of February 19, 2014. (Petro Zadorozhny/Reuters)
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.

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.

Anti-government protesters smoke at a barricade in central Kiev February 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. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX194OC
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)
Anti-government protesters burn documents by the public prosecution office after an attempt to take over in the town of Ternopil in western Ukraine, February 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. REUTERS/Rostyslav Kovalchuk (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX194JI
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)
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.

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.