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The Bloody Battle for Kiev in Photos

The Ukrainian capital burned during the second day of a vicious crackdown that left more than 30 dead—including 18 burned alive—and hundreds wounded.

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Anti-government protesters listen to speeches by their leaders in Kiev's Independence square early February 21, 2014.

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Anti-government protesters listen to speeches by their leaders in Kiev's Independence square early February 21, 2014.

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Interior Ministry members in plain-clothes who were detained by anti-government protesters during clashes, are escorted out after they were granted freedom in central Kiev February 21, 2014. European Union ministers sought to broker a political settlement in Ukraine after gun battles between police and anti-government protesters brought the death toll to 75 in two days of the worst violence in the country since Soviet times.

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Anti-government protesters keep warm around an open fire in Kiev's Independence square early February 21, 2014.

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An anti-government protester holds a firearm as he mans a barricade on the outskirts of Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Fierce clashes between police and protesters, some including gunfire, shattered a brief truce in Ukraine's besieged capital Thursday, killing numerous people. The deaths came in a new eruption of violence just hours after the country's embattled president and the opposition leaders demanding his resignation called for a truce and negotiations to try to resolve Ukraine's political crisis. 

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People pray near the bodies of anti-government protesters killed during clashes with riot police in Kiev February 20, 2014. Ukraine suffered its bloodiest day since Soviet times on Thursday with a gun battle in central Kiev as President Viktor Yanukovich faced conflicting pressures from visiting European Union ministers and his Russian paymasters.

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An anti-government protester rests at a new barricade in central 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. 

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Anti-government protesters carry an injured man on a stretcher after clashes with riot police in the Independence Square in Kiev February 20, 2014. Ukrainian protesters hurling petrol bombs and paving stones drove riot police from the central square in Kiev on Thursday despite a "truce" which embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said he had agreed with opposition leaders. 

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A medical team with a field hospital is shown set up in the lobby of the Ukraine Hotel near Maidan Square on February 20, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Violent clashes intensified for a second day as Ukranian security forces fired live ammunition and at least 70 people died in the fighting, according to published reports quoting medical workers who were treating the victims. 

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An anti-government protester stands behind a shield during clashes with riot police in the Independence Square in Kiev February 20, 2014.

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Prayers are held for victims who have died during anti-government protesters,clashed 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

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This combination of pictures shows Independence Square in Kiev on April 22, 2009 during a social movement called "Smile Ukraine! Smile overcomes a crisis!" organized by students (top) and the same square pictured on February 20, 2014, three months after a political crisis erupted leaving around 60 dead. 

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Anti-governent protesters clear ashes and debris from a newly occupied portion of Independence Square on February 20, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Anti-government protesters stand watch at front-line barricades on Instytutska Street, near Independence Square, on February 20, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.

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An injured man is attended to by anti-government protesters 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. 

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Anti-government protesters clash with police in the center of Kiev on February 20, 2014. At least 25 protesters were killed on February 20 in fresh clashes between thousands of demonstrators and heavily-armed riot police in the heart of Kiev, according to AFP correspondents at the scene. The bodies of eight demonstrators were lying outside Kiev's main post office on Independence Square, an AFP reporter said. The bodies of 17 other demonstrators with apparent gunshot wounds were also seen in the vicinity of two hotels on opposite sides of the protest encampment. 

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An injured man struggles to breathe as he is carried on a stretcher by anti-government protesters after clashes with riot police in the Independence Square in Kiev February 20, 2014. Ukrainian protesters hurling petrol bombs and paving stones drove riot police from the central square in Kiev on Thursday despite a "truce" which embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said he had agreed to with opposition leaders. 

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A man shows an empty bullet casing during clashes with riot police near Independence Square in Kiev February 20, 2014.  

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Anti-government protesters rebuild barricades following continued clashes with police in Independence square, despite a truce agreed upon 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 

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An injured man reacts as he is attended by anti-government protesters during clashes with riot police in the Independence Square in Kiev February 20, 2014. Fresh fighting broke out in central Kiev on Thursday. 

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A priest stands in the lobby of the hotel Ukraine near bodies of anti-government protesters killed during clashes with riot police in Kiev February 20, 2014. 

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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. 

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Anti-government protesters continue to clash with police in Independence square, despite a truce agreed between the Ukrainian president and opposition leaders on February 20, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. 

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Anti-government protesters clean the Independence Square after clashes with riot police in Kiev February 20, 2014. 

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A protester throws tires to keep a barricade of flames between protesters and police at Independence square in Kiev on February 19, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Wednesday announced a "truce" and the start of direct talks with the opposition after holding private talks with three anti-government leaders.

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An anti-government protester stands behind a burning barricade in Kiev's Independence Square 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.

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Smoke rises above Independence Square during anti-government protests in central Kiev in the early hours of February 19, 2014.

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Protesters smoke at a barricade in central Kiev.

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Anti-government protesters gather and break stones during a rally 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.

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Protesters burn documents by the public prosecution office after an attempt to take over in the town of Ternopil in western Ukraine.

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 A hotel clerk looks out the lobby window at a barricade that was constructed on an adjacent street overnight near the perimeter of Independence Square, known as Maidan. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government protesters, who are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union.

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Policemen run amid flames during clashes with anti-government protesters in front of the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev on February 18. Police on Tuesday fired rubber bullets at stone-throwing protesters as they demonstrated close to parliament in Kiev, an AFP reporter at the scene said. Police also responded with smoke bombs after protesters hurled paving stones at them as they sought to get closer to the heavily-fortified parliament building. 

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Anti-government protesters throw rocks during clashes with police in front of parliament. Medics at an opposition-run field hospital said that most of the injuries were caused by stun grenades while some of the 30 people in a serious condition had suffered head injuries, and one person had to have a hand amputated. 

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Interior Ministry members injured during clashes with anti-government protesters sit in Kiev. Several thousand anti-government protesters clashed with police near parliament on Tuesday, torching vehicles and hurling stones in the worst violence to rock the capital Kiev in more than three weeks. 

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A crowd spreads out as riot police attack anti-government protesters during clashes. Riot police advanced on the heart of 12-week-old protests against President Viktor Yanukovich on Tuesday and security forces set a deadline to end disturbances.

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Anti-government demonstrators stand among the smoke of burning barricades during clashes with riot police in Kiev. Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko on February 18 urged women and children to leave the opposition's main protest camp on Kiev's Independence Square, known as Maidan, as riot police massed nearby. "We ask women and children to quit Maidan as we cannot rule out the possibility that they will storm (the camp)," the former heavyweight boxing champion told protestors.

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Riot police face anti-government protesters during clashes during the storming of Independence Square. Flames engulfed the main anti-government protest camp on Kiev's Independence Square as riot police tried to force demonstrators out following the bloodiest clashes in three months of protests. The iconic square turned into a war zone as riot police moved slowly through opposition barricades from several directions, hurling stun grenades and using water cannon to clear protestors. 

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Anti-government protesters take cover behind a temporary barricade during clashes with riot police at Independence Square. Ukrainian riot police advanced on Tuesday onto a central Kiev square occupied by protesters, in the worst day of violence since demonstrations erupted against President Viktor Yanukovich 12 weeks ago. 

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Anti-government protesters clash with police. Police on Tuesday fired rubber bullets at stone-throwing protesters as they demonstrated close to Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, an AFP reporter at the scene said. Police also responded with smoke bombs after protesters hurled paving stones at them as they sought to get closer to the heavily-fortified parliament building.

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An injured man is helped by anti-government protesters during clashes with riot police in Independence Square. Ukrainian riot police battled 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. 

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Anti-government protesters try to break a door inside an office of the pro-presidential Party of the Regions in Kiev.