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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.
Protesters clash with riot police in downtown Kiev, Ukraine. A least three protesters were killed in the clashes, opposition activists say. Violence erupted after anti-government protesters broke through a police cordon in front of parliament. They marched towards parliament to demand constitutional reforms that would curb the powers of President Viktor Yanukovych.
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 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.
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.
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
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, center, poses with other EU heads of state and Eastern Partners during a group photo at an Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius.