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Flames And Chaos In Kyiv

Buildings, tents, and barricades burned on Kyiv's Independence Square after a day and night of clashes that left at least 18 people dead. The violence that erupted on February 18 was the worst since the start of Ukraine's mass antigovernment protests three months ago. (16 PHOTOS)

A barricade burns on Independence Square in Kyiv on February 19 after unrest continued throughout the night.
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A barricade burns on Independence Square in Kyiv on February 19 after unrest continued throughout the night.

Antigovernment protesters defend themselves with shields as they clash with police on Independence Square on February 19.
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Antigovernment protesters defend themselves with shields as they clash with police on Independence Square on February 19.

Antigovernment protesters receive medical treatment inside a cathedral in Kyiv on February 19.
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Antigovernment protesters receive medical treatment inside a cathedral in Kyiv on February 19.

Flames rise from a trade union building on Independence Square on February 19.
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Flames rise from a trade union building on Independence Square on February 19.

Riot police stand in front of burning barricades surrounding Independence Square.
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Riot police stand in front of burning barricades surrounding Independence Square.

Antigovernment demonstrators clash with riot police on February 18.
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Antigovernment demonstrators clash with riot police on February 18.

Protesters help an injured man during clashes with police.
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Protesters help an injured man during clashes with police.

Flames and fireworks light up Independence Square.
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Flames and fireworks light up Independence Square.

Interior ministry troops take cover behind shields amid a hail of cobblestones.
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Interior ministry troops take cover behind shields amid a hail of cobblestones.

Riot police stand near people wounded during clashes.
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Riot police stand near people wounded during clashes.

Protesters aim weapons in Kyiv's government district on February 18.
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Protesters aim weapons in Kyiv's government district on February 18.

Riot police detain a protester on February 18.
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Riot police detain a protester on February 18.

Flames rise from a group of riot police during clashes with protesters.
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Flames rise from a group of riot police during clashes with protesters.

A wounded person lies on the ground.
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A wounded person lies on the ground.

Policeman help a wounded colleague.
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Policeman help a wounded colleague.

Burning tires in the government district
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Burning tires in the government district

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