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Riot police officers faced off against anti-government protesters in Kiev's Independence Square on Wednesday morning, a day after at least 25 people were killed in deadly clashes in the Ukrainian capital.

"I am not going to sit and wait while they kill me," said one protester, 32-year-old Anton Rybkovich. "I'm going to attack. The more force the government uses, the more harsh our response will be."

Ukrainian riot police on the edge of Maidan Square, Kiev, around noon local time on Wednesday.Jamie Novogrod / NBC News