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.
Opposition supporters in military-style uniforms and carrying sticks, line up in front of the city council building before marching through central Kiev, Ukraine, as the country’s political crisis enters its third month
An anti-government protester stands at a road block in Kiev on Monday. Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Ukraine on Sunday in an attempt to wring new concessions from President Viktor Yanukovich, buoyed by pledges of support from Europe and the US.
Portraits of 12 anti-government protesters standing at a road block in Kiev on Friday.
Anti-government protesters warm themselves at a fire near a barricade in Kiev. Ukraine‘s parliament has passed an amnesty law for those who have been detained during the unrest, on the condition that protesters abandon government buildings they have occupied.
A medic of the anti-government protest camp, left, with his security guard at the barricades near the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev. Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned on Tuesday while deputies loyal to President Viktor Yanukovich, acting to calm violent street protests, overturned anti-protest laws they rammed through parliament 12 days ago.
Protesters pause during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev, Ukraine.
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