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Ready for Battle: Ukraine Protesters Don Medieval Armor

Image: Protesters clad in improvised protective gear prepare for a clash with police in central Kiev
Protesters clad in improvised protective gear prepare for a clash with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. After a night of vicious streets battles, anti-government protesters and police clashed anew Monday in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. (AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman) Evgeny Feldman / AP

After a night of vicious street battles, Ukrainian anti-government protesters and police clashed once more in Kiev on Monday.

Protesters erected barricades from charred vehicles and other materials as the sound of stun grenades was heard in the freezing air. Some wore improvised protective gear as they prepared for a confrontation with police.

As many as 100,000 people gathered on Sunday in defiance of new laws that the U.S. and other Western governments say effectively outlaw peaceful protests.

— The Associated Press, Reuters

Image: Ukrainian riot police take cover behind their shields in front of a burnt bus during a rally near government administration buildings in Kiev
Riot police in front of a burnt bus during a rally near government administration buildings in Kiev on Monday. Valentyn Ogirenko / Reuters
Image: An elderly protester prepares to throw a stone, during clashes with police, in central Kiev
An elderly protester prepares to throw a stone during clashes with police in central Kiev on Monday. Sergei Grits / AP