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Battle Rages in Kiev’s Independence Square

Anti-government protesters carry an injured man on a stretcher in Independence Square in Kiev on Thursday, Feb. 20. Ukrainian protesters on Thursday seized back control of Kiev's Independence Square after fresh clashes broke out there with riot police.

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Protesters pass tires to each other to burn as riot policemen fire live bullets on them on Independence Square in downtown Kiev on Thursday.

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Protesters catch fire as they stand behind burning barricades during clashes with police in Kiev on Thursday.

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Protesters stand behind burning barricades during a face-off against police on Independence Square in Kiev on Thursday. Hundreds of armed protesters charged police barricades in the square, despite a truce called just hours earlier by the country's embattled president. Protesters pushed the police back about 200 meters and were in control of most of the square they had occupied at the start of Ukraine's three-month-old political crisis.

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Protesters stand behind barricades during clashes with police on Thursday in Kiev.

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Anti-government protesters run with an injured man on a stretcher in Kiev's Independence Square on Thursday.

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A protester stands behind barricades during clashes with police on Thursday in Kiev.

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Protesters clash with police in Kiev's Independence Square on Thursday.

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A protester braces behind a barricade during clashes with police in Kiev's Independence Square on Thursday.

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Anti-government protesters carry away a wounded man as riot police fire live bullets on Independence Square in downtown Kiev on Thursday.

Alexey Furman / EPA

Protesters clash with police after gaining new positions near Independence Square in Kiev on Thursday.

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Protesters clash with police in Independence Square in Kiev on Thursday.

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Protesters stand behind burning barricades during a face-off against police on Thursday in Kiev.

Bulent Kilic / AFP