A Maidan activist burns tyres during a protest against the Ukrainian authorities trying to clean the main Kiev street of Khreschatyk, near Independence Square, in the city centre on Thursday
Ukrainians remove a barricade near Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine on Thursday
Ukrainian military recruits receive instructions in Kiev’s Independence Square, Ukraine. Tensions remain high in the strategic Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea with troops loyal to Moscow firing warning shots to ward off protesting Ukrainian soldiers
An anti-Yanukovich protester salutes as the Ukrainian national anthem is played at Kiev’s Independence Square. The US and its allies are weighing sanctions on Moscow and whether to bolster defences in Europe in response to Russia’s military advances on Ukraine.
Protesters inspect damage caused by anti-government protests on Independence Square following clashes in Kiev, Ukraine. Violence is escalating in the country of 45m despite a truce being declared on Wednesday
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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 Wednesday in Kiev. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government demonstrators, who are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the EU.
Anti-government protesters guard the perimeter of Independence Square, known as Maidan, early on Wednesday in Kiev, Ukraine. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government protesters, who are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the EU.
People walk past protesters’ tents on Independence Square in Kiev. Ukraine’s embattled president Viktor Yanukovich has taken sick leave as the political crisis engulfing the country showed no sign of abating.
A pro-EU activist plays with a ball in front of barricades at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin says Russia’s $15bn bailout for Ukraine is driven by a desire to help a partner in a desperate situation and is not linked to its talks with the EU.
A pro-EU activist guards a barricade at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, where massive anti-government protests are ongoing
A pro-European Union activist shouts slogans as he sits on a monument in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine.
Ukrainian riot police prepared to storm pro-European Union protesters gathered in tent camps at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, early this morning. But police subsequently withdrew from the square, which appeared to hand at least a short-term victory to protesters
Riot police officers block Pro-EU activists gathered at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. The policemen formed a chain across Kiev’s main street outside the city building.