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Protesters Burn Barricades Amid Crisis In Kyiv

A day after intense clashes between protesters and riot police left at least three people dead, activists in Kyiv set fire to tires and barricades, filling the streets with smoke. The main opposition leaders have called on their supporters to refrain from violence, but they have threatened that antigovernment protesters will go "on the offensive" unless President Viktor Yanukovych calls an early election. (16 PHOTOS)

A protester carries tires to add to a burning pile at the site of clashes with riot police.
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A protester carries tires to add to a burning pile at the site of clashes with riot police.

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A protester wearing a gas mask walks through smoking rubble.
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A protester wearing a gas mask walks through smoking rubble.

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Protesters use a giant slingshot to aim projectiles at riot police.
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Protesters use a giant slingshot to aim projectiles at riot police.

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Protesters take cover from water sprayed from a fire engine.
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Protesters take cover from water sprayed from a fire engine.

Priests say a prayer at the site of a standoff between protesters and police.
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Priests say a prayer at the site of a standoff between protesters and police.

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The sun rises over a barricade on Independence Square.
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The sun rises over a barricade on Independence Square.

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A protester throws a petrol bomb late on January 22.
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A protester throws a petrol bomb late on January 22.

Riot police pose for a picture near a burned-out vehicle.
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Riot police pose for a picture near a burned-out vehicle.

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Protesters set off fireworks during a clash with police.
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Protesters set off fireworks during a clash with police.

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