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Ukraine Riot Cops Pose for Photo Amid Violent Clashes

Image: Riot police officers pose for a picture near burnt vehicles as smoke rises in the background during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev
Riot police officers pose for a picture near burnt vehicles as smoke rises in the background during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev January 22, 2014. Ukraine's prime minister denounced anti-government protesters as "terrorists" on Wednesday, but in what appeared to be his first real move to end weeks of unrest President Viktor Yanukovich held talks with opposition leaders. Reuters

Ukrainian riot police officers pose for a picture near burnt-out vehicles as smoke rises during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev on Wednesday.

Demonstrations that began on Nov. 21 flared into violence on Sunday after the government rushed through a new law effectively banning peaceful protest. Late Wednesday, protest leaders delivered an ultimatum to Ukraine's government -- call elections or we will "go on the attack."

Image: Protesters throw rocks at police in central Kiev, Ukraine
Protesters throw rocks at police in central Kiev on Jan. 22, 2014. Mass protests erupted after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spurned a pact with the European Union in favor of close ties with Russia, which offered him a $15 billion bailout. Efrem Lukatsky / AP
Image: A woman holds a wodden cross as riot policemen aim their weapons during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev
A woman holds a wooden cross as riot policemen aim their weapons during clashes with pro-European protesters. GLEB GARANICH / Reuters
Image: A protester points a handgun during a clash with police in central Kiev, Ukraine
A protester points a handgun during a clash with police in central Kiev. Efrem Lukatsky / AP
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