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Photos of Thursday’s violent clashes between anti-government protesters and police officers in Kiev.

In Kiev, a protestor sits on a statue while others stand on a barricade during clashes with police on Thursday. Hundreds of armed protesters charged police barricades set up in Independence Square, despite a truce called just hours earlier by Ukraine’s embattled president, Viktor Yanukovich.
Copyright: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP

A protester in Kiev stands behind barricades during clashes with police. The violence of the crisis has drawn expressions of grave concern from the West and condemnation of an “attempted coup” by the Kremlin.
Copyright: BULENT KILIC / AFP

Protesters carry a comrade who was injured during clashes with police near Kiev’s Independence Square. On Thursday morning alone, 25 people were reported dead and hundreds of others injured.
Copyright: DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV / AFP

Anti-government protesters protect themselves with shields during clashes with police in central Kiev. Top officials were evacuated from Ukraine’s main government building, which is located nearby.
Copyright: SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP

Protesters escort a “captured” policeman near Independence Square. According to the interior ministry, at least 60 police officers were seized by demonstrators and taken into a nearby government building.
Copyright: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP

Protesters tried to escape burning barricades.
Copyright: BULENT KILIC / AFP

Demonstrators erected barricades in Independence Square as they advanced to new positions in the stand-off against police. Opponents of President Yanukovich’s government have occupied the spot for more than three months, despite police efforts to force them out.
Copyright: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP

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