A woman speaks as she kneels down in front of a line of riot police in the center of Kiev Ukrainian protesters today expanded their protest camp in Kiev closer to the administration of President Viktor Yanukovych, after crisis talks to end Ukraine‘s worst crisis since its 1991 independence ended in deadlock. After five days of clashes that activists say left five dead, Ukraine’s three main opposition leaders held several hours of talks with Yanukovych late on January 23 but the minor concessions they announced were greeted with derision by protesters.
Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-EU activists and police lines in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday. A top Ukrainian opposition leader on Thursday urged protesters to maintain a shaky ceasefire with police after at least two demonstrators were killed in clashes this week, but some in the crowd appeared defiant, jeering and chanting “revolution” and “shame”.
A pro-European integration protester takes cover behind a makeshift shield at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev, Ukraine. Opposition leaders emerged from crisis talks with President Viktor Yanukovich on Wednesday, saying he had failed to give concrete answers to their demands, and told their supporters on the streets to prepare for a police offensive
Protesters fight with police in central Kiev, Ukraine. Three people have died in clashes in the Ukrainian capital on Wednesday, according to medics on the site, in a development that will likely escalate Ukraine’s two-month political crisis.
An elderly woman walks from police officers as they block a street during unrest in central Kiev, Ukraine
A protester throws a Molotov cocktail during an opposition supporters’ protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine. Violence broke out Sunday at anti-government protests as hundreds of opposition supporters armed with clubs tried to break through a police blockade and storm the Ukrainian parliament. The demonstrations took on a sharper tone after last week’s passage of laws that protesters and human rights groups said were designed to stifle dissent. The laws criminalise libel, establish fresh penalties for unlawful protests and make it easier to strip legislators of their immunity.
Pro-EU protesters keep warm round a bonfire in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine. The EU and US expressed concern after the Ukrainian parliament passed laws to curb the right to protest, a move the opposition described as a power grab. Western rights groups denounced the bills as an attempt by President Viktor Yanukovych to impose a ‘dictatorship’ and called on him to veto the legislation.
Lawmaker Vladimir Malyshev, left, was left with blood on his face after a scuffle in the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, during a debate on this year’s budget. Despite the opposition’s efforts to disrupt the vote, the budget draft, which has already been delayed by almost two months, was passed on its second reading
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-European integration protester raises his fist during a rally at Independence Square in Kiev. Demonstrators demanding that President Viktor Yanukovich step down after he spurned a trade and investment deal with the EU last month are planning a new show of force in Ukraine’s capital on Tuesday as the president meets his Russian counterpart.
A man dressed as a bear walks near a barricade put up by pro-European integration protesters in central Kiev on Monday. The opposition went ahead with preparations for another big rally for Tuesday against what they see as moves by President Viktor Yanukovich to sell out national interests to Russia after backing away from a landmark deal with the EU that would have shifted Ukraine westwards.
Pro-EU supporters dressed as Cossacks rest at a tent camp in the city main street of Khreschatyk in Kiev, Ukraine. The opposition appears confident and shows no sign of relenting in its stand-off with the government.
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.
People supporting an EU integration attend a rally at Independence Square in Kiev on Wednesday.
A man throws a flare in the direction of Ukraine interior ministry members, during a rally held by supporters of EU integration in Kiev.
Ukrainian students stand hand in hand as part of a human chain organised by pro-EU protesters to symbolise the unity of Ukraine with Europe. The chain, pictured here in front of a portrait of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, began in Kiev’s Independence Square and snaked out along a passing thoroughfare in the capital.
Students attend a rally in support of EU integration in Kiev. Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich poured scorn on his jailed rival, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, on Wednesday, saying the question of her imprisonment should not hinder Kiev’s integration with the EU.