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Kyiv's Shell-Shocked Maidan

Kyiv's Independence Square is quieter and emptier than it was when it became the epicenter of the Maidan protests. Some of the people who remain attempt to busy themselves with errands, chopping wood for fires, or delivering food. Others simply sit, staring into the distance, contemplating Ukraine's uncertain future even as they recover from violent clashes that claimed more than 80 lives. Ordinary residents still make a regular pilgrimage to the square, where mounds of flowers and makeshift memorials continue to honor the victims.

Pictures of missing people on Independence Square. 
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Pictures of missing people on Independence Square. 

Even now there are plenty of flowers and impromptu memorials for the fallen. 
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Even now there are plenty of flowers and impromptu memorials for the fallen. 

Independence Square still bears the scars of a few tumultuous months. 
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Independence Square still bears the scars of a few tumultuous months. 

Men sign up for the National Guard in Kyiv
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Men sign up for the National Guard in Kyiv

A man gets a haircut on the Maidan
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A man gets a haircut on the Maidan

Tatars make a speech at the Maidan appealing for unity.
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Tatars make a speech at the Maidan appealing for unity.

Maidan veterans warm themselves while guarding the entrance to the Presidential Palace near Independence Square.
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Maidan veterans warm themselves while guarding the entrance to the Presidential Palace near Independence Square.

A young Ukrainian volunteer and member of the Maidan self defense forces is embraced by his girlfriend on Kyiv's Independence Square before his deployment at a training facility.
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A young Ukrainian volunteer and member of the Maidan self defense forces is embraced by his girlfriend on Kyiv's Independence Square before his deployment at a training facility.

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