An anti-government protester shouts slogans at Kiev's Maidan square on Feb. 4, 2014.
An anti-government protester shouts slogans at Kiev's Maidan square on Feb. 4, 2014.Angelos Tzortzinis—AFP/Getty Images
An anti-government protester shouts slogans at Kiev's Maidan square on Feb. 4, 2014.
Members of the radical group Pravy Sektor practice street fighting in central Kiev, Feb. 3, 2014.
An opposition supporter engraves a baton with the words "Maidan", referring to Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Jan. 31, 2014.
Anti-government protesters gather in Independence Square on Jan. 29, 2014 in Kiev.
Riot police stand guard opposite anti-government protesters in a park area near a road block in Kiev on Jan. 28, 2014.
A anti-government protesters rest near a fire next to a road block in Kiev on Jan. 28, 2014.
Anti-government protesters gather around a fire to get warm at a road block in Kiev, Jan. 26, 2014.
Men carry a casket containing the body of Mikhail Zhiznevsky, 25, an anti-government protester who was killed in clashes with police, outside Mikhailovsky Cathedral after a memorial service there in his honor on Jan. 26, 2014 in Kiev.
Women weep as a casket containing the body of Mikhail Zhiznevsky, 25, an anti-government protester who was killed in clashes with police, is carried past on Jan. 26, 2014 in Kiev.
The body of Mikhail Zhiznevsky, 25, an anti-government protester who was killed in clashes with police, rests in the back of a hearse following a memorial service in his honor on Jan. 26, 2014 in Kiev.
Ukrainian protesters hold their flags outside of Mikhaylovsky Cathedral as they pay their final respects to Belarussian protester Mikhail Zhiznevsky during a funeral service in Kiev on Jan. 26, 2014.
Women light candles inside Mikhailovsky Cathedral before a memorial service for Mikhail Zhiznevsky, 25, an anti-government protester who was killed in clashes with police on January 26, 2014 in Kiev.
A man uses a pole to remove the remains of broken windows at Ukrainian House, which was taken over by anti-government protesters on Jan. 26, 2014 in Kiev.
Protesters behind barricades in Kiev, Jan. 25, 2014.
A Ukrainian protester burns tires during clashes with police in Kiev on Jan. 25, 2014
Street fights during very low temperature in Kiev, Jan. 25, 2014.
An anti-government protester uses a large sling shot during clashes with police on Hrushevskoho Street near Dynamo stadium on Jan. 25, 2014 in Kiev.
An Orthodox Christian priest prays in front of riot police near protesters' barricades in the frosty morning in central Kiev, Jan. 25, 2014.
An anti-government protester walks among burned buses during clashes with police on Hrushevskoho Street near Dynamo stadium on Jan. 25, 2014 in Kiev.
Ukrainian anti-government protesters walk past burning tyres during clashes with riot police in central Kiev early on Jan. 25, 2014.
Clashes in Kiev on Jan. 24, 2014.
Clashes in Kiev on Jan. 24, 2014.
Police block the road near the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers building on Jan. 24, 2014 in Kiev.
Anti-government protestors clear a channel through barricades near Dynamo Stadium on Jan. 24, 2014 in Kiev.
Anti-government protesters guard a barricade on a street near Dynamo stadium on Jan. 24, 2014 in Kiev.
Ukrainians gather at a barricade during continuous anti-government protests in Kiev, Jan. 24, 2014.
Incendiary projectiles are ready to be used by anti-government protesters near Dynamo Stadium on Jan. 24, 2014 in Kiev.
Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-European Union activists and police lines in central Kiev, Jan. 24, 2014.
Protesters use a large slingshot to hurl a Molotov cocktail at police in central Kiev, Jan. 23, 2014.
Pro-European integration protesters take cover from water sprayed from a fire engine at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev, Jan. 23, 2014.
Pro-European integration protesters take cover from water sprayed from a fire engine at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev, Jan. 23, 2014.
Burning tires in Kiev, Jan. 23, 2014.
Protestors gather around a fire during a stand off with police on Jan. 23, 2014 in Kiev.
Riot police in Kiev, Jan. 22, 2014.
A protester throws a Molotov cocktail during clashes with police in central Kiev, Jan. 22, 2014.
Tires burn in the street, set alight by protesters in clashes with police in central Kiev, Jan. 22, 2014.
Tires burn in the street, set alight by protesters in clashes with police in central Kiev, Jan. 22, 2014.
Pro-European protesters with a Molotov cocktail in Kiev, Jan. 22, 2014.
Riot police officers gather as they clash with protestors in the center of Kiev on Jan. 22, 2014.
A protester points a handgun during a clash with police in central Kiev, Jan. 22, 2014.
Protesters clash with police in central Kiev, Jan. 22, 2014.
An opposition supporter wears a gas mask during clashes between riot police and anti-government demonstrators in central Kiev, Jan, 22, 2014.
A police officer aims his shotgun during clashes with protesters in central Kiev, Jan. 22, 2014.
Protesters duck behind a burned vehicle as they clash with police in central Kiev, Jan. 22, 2014.
Riot police officers hold a man during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev, Jan. 22, 2014.
A demonstrator holds an incendiary device as protesters clash with police in the center of Kiev on Jan. 22, 2014.
An anti-government protester shouts slogans at Kiev's Maidan square on Feb. 4, 2014.
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Kiev's Battlefield: Protests Ignite Fiery Clashes in Ukraine

Jan 22, 2014

Demonstrations that have gripped the capital since November over the government's refusal to make a trade deal with the European Union are turning increasingly violent as two protesters were killed during a bloody melee Wednesday.

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