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Deadly Day In Kyiv

The body count mounted dramatically in Kyiv on February 20 as fighting between antigovernment protesters and security forces escalated. Field hospitals were hastily improvised in hotel lobbies in Independence Squares to care for the injured, as video footage showed that some security forces were apparently using live ammunition and sniper rifles. There have been dozens of deaths since fighting broke out on February 18.

A woman cries as dead bodies are seen on the ground following violence on Independence Square in Kyiv on February 20.
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A woman cries as dead bodies are seen on the ground following violence on Independence Square in Kyiv on February 20.

Riot police fire at antigovernment demonstrators.
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Riot police fire at antigovernment demonstrators.

Antigovernment protesters carry away a wounded protester as riot policemen fire live bullets on them.
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Antigovernment protesters carry away a wounded protester as riot policemen fire live bullets on them.

Protesters catch fire as they stand behind burning barricades.
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Protesters catch fire as they stand behind burning barricades.

Police use Kalashnikov assault rifles and sniper rifles against protesters.
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Police use Kalashnikov assault rifles and sniper rifles against protesters.

Protester shows empty bullet casings used by riot police against demonstrators.
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Protester shows empty bullet casings used by riot police against demonstrators.

Protesters carry an injured man.
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Protesters carry an injured man.

A wounded protester is attended to before being rushed away to receive medical help.
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A wounded protester is attended to before being rushed away to receive medical help.

Medical personnel prepare an improvised field hospital in the lobby of the Ukraine Hotel.
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Medical personnel prepare an improvised field hospital in the lobby of the Ukraine Hotel.

Protesters manning the barricades
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Protesters manning the barricades

Paramedics carry a wounded protester.
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Paramedics carry a wounded protester.

An antigovernment protester shoots an improvised device.
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An antigovernment protester shoots an improvised device.

Antigovernment protesters carry bags filled with stones to build barricades around Independence Square.
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Antigovernment protesters carry bags filled with stones to build barricades around Independence Square.

An activist mourns fellow protesters killed in clashes.
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An activist mourns fellow protesters killed in clashes.

A priest stands in the lobby of the Ukraine Hotel near dead bodies of antigovernment protesters.
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A priest stands in the lobby of the Ukraine Hotel near dead bodies of antigovernment protesters.

A protester holds a Ukranian national flag from a burned building.
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A protester holds a Ukranian national flag from a burned building.

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