Fireworks explode near anti-government protesters during clashes with riot police at Independence Square in Kiev on February 18
” Ukraine has experienced its bloodiest week in decades after days of deadly clashes between anti-government protesters and police which ended in the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych.
For three months demonstrators have been involved in a stand-off with authorities in the capital Kiev.
But on February 18 violence escalated and the Health Ministry said the death toll between protesters and police had reached 82. The protesters put that figure at over 100.
Here are a selection of photographs which capture the devastation caused in Kiev’s Independence Square.”
Activists pay respects to protesters who were killed in clashes with police in Independence Square, the epicentre of demonstrations in Kiev Wounded people are seen after clashes with riot police in central Kiev on February 18
Smoke rises above Independence Square during anti-government protests in central Kiev in the early hours of February 19
People cheer as they listen to police officers from Lviv who have joined anti-government protesters during a rally in Independence Square in Kiev on February 21