Bloody Battles in Kiev

Flames engulfed the main anti-government protest camp on Kiev's Independence Square as riot police tried to force demonstrators out following the bloodiest clashes in three months of protests. The iconic square turned into a war zone as riot police moved slowly through opposition barricades, hurling stun grenades and using water cannon to clear protestors. At least thirteen people were killed and scores injured today, as protestors took back control of Kiev's city hall just two days after vacating the building.
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1. Ukrainian riot police on fire, caused by Molotov cocktails hurled by anti-government protesters, as they stand guard during clashes in Kiev, on February 18, 2014. Several thousand anti-government protesters clashed with police near Ukraine's parliament today, torching vehicles and hurling stones in the worst violence to rock the capital Kiev in more than three weeks. At least 13 deaths were reported today, including two police officers.




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2. Anti-government protesters clash with police in Kiev on February 18, 2014.




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3. An anti-government protester is engulfed in flames during clashes with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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4. Anti-government protesters clash with police in the center of Kiev on February 18, 2014.




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5. Riot police aim at anti-government protesters during clashes in central Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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6. Interior ministry members take cover during clashes with anti-government protesters in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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7. A photo taken on February 18, 2014 shows a riot policeman whose helmet is burning, shielding himself during clashes with anti-government protesters in central Kiev.




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8. Wounded people walk after clashes with riot police in central Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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9. Police clash with anti-government protesters in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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10. An anti-government protester throws a stone during clashes with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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11. A tent burns in the anti-government protesters camp at Independence Square in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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12. Anti-government protesters clash with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, on February 18, 2014.




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13. Anti-government protesters clash with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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14. Protesters stand among smoke during clashes with police in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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15. An anti-government protester wears a gas mask during clashes with Interior Ministry members in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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16. Policeman evacuate a wounded colleague during clashes with anti-government protesters in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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17. Police look at dead bodies lying on the ground after clashes between anti-government protesters and security officers, in central Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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18. Wounded people are seen after clashes with riot police in central Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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19. Anti-government protesters clash with riot police in central Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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20. Police clash with anti-government protesters in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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21. A protester aims a pistol during clashes with riot police in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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22. Anti-government protesters clash with police in in the center of Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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23. An anti-government protester fires an improvised weapon during clashes with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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24. Opposition demonstrators stand in front of burning barricades during clashes with police in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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25. Policemen try to avoid flames from Molotov cocktails during clashes with anti-government protesters in front of the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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26. Protesters set barricades as vehicles are burn during clashes with police in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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27. Anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.




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28. Anti-government protesters take cover behind shields during clashes with riot police at Independence Square in Kiev, on January 18, 2014.




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29. Anti-government protesters clash with the police during their storming of the Independence Square in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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30. Fireworks explode near anti-government protesters during clashes with riot police in Independence Square in Kiev, on February 18, 2014.




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31. Monuments to Kiev's founders burn as anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square, on February 18, 2014. Thousands of police armed with stun grenades and water cannons attacked the large opposition camp in Ukraine's capital on Tuesday that has been the center of nearly three months of anti-government protests after at least nine people were killed in street clashes.