An anti-government demonstrator sits behind a barricade on Friday in the central square in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich moved to defuse the country’s worst crisis since independence by accepting calls for snap presidential elections and constitutional changes that would curb powers of the presidency.
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 carry an injured man on a stretcher in Independence Square in Kiev on Thursday morning. Ukrainian protesters seized back Kiev’s Independence Square in fresh clashes with riot police on Thursday that left several injured and possibly two demonstrators dead.
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.
Police catch fire as they stand guard during clashes with anti-government protesters in Kiev, Ukraine. Several thousand protesters clashed with police near the Ukrainian parliament after being stopped from marching to the building in a move to keep up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich. After being blocked by a line of trucks about 100 metres short of the building, protesters hurled stones at police, a Reuters witness said.
Riot police stand behind crosses installed by anti-government protesters in Kiev, in memory of the people who have died or gone missing during clashes in the Ukraine
An anti-government protester looks out from behind a barricade in Kiev, Ukraine
Anti-government protesters sit at a road block in Kiev on Thursday. Ukraine‘s unrest erupted in November 2013 after President Viktor Yanukovych rejected an association agreement with the EU in favour of closer ties with Moscow, and the turmoil has now become an all-out movement to oust him.
A priest blesses an anti-government protester at a roadblock in Kiev. Ukraine’s parliament will try again on Wednesday to agree on curbing the presidency’s powers, while the EU’s foreign policy chief met embattled President Viktor Yanukovych to press for a resolution of the political crisis.