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Twenty-five people were killed in a crackdown on the anti-government protest movement.
Last updated: 19 Feb 2014 21:37
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A police crackdown on protesters in the Ukrainian capital ended in the deaths of 25 people and dozens injured, after several weeks that had been relatively calm.

Ukraine's demonstrations started in November, when President Victor Yanukovich decided not to sign a free trade agreement with the European Union, choosing instead to maintain close economic ties with its eastern neighbour, Russia.

Yanukovich said that the opposition had "crossed the limits", and that he "urge[d] the leaders of the opposition, who argue that they too seek a peaceful settlement, immediately disassociate themselves from the radical forces that provoke bloodshed and clashes with law enforcement".


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
Clashes with riot police started in Kiev early on Tuesday morning, after thousands of protesters marched towards parliament.


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
Opposition leaders accused pro-government factions of dragging their feet on a constitutional reform that would limit presidential powers.


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
After shutting down nearby underground metro stations and restricting traffic, police armed with stun grenades and water cannons moved into Independence Square.


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
Independence Square in Kiev has been the centre of nearly three months of protests.


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
The confrontation grew deadly when police stormed barricades set up by anti-government protesters.


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
About 20,000 demonstrators fought back, armed with rocks, bats and fire bombs, and singing the Ukrainian national anthem.


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
In a letter published on his website on Wednesday, Yanukovich accused opposition leaders of ignoring "the basic principle of democracy".


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
The iconic square turned into a war zone when riot police hurled stun grenades and using water cannon to clear protesters.


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
Protesters faught back with Molotov cocktails, fireworks and stones.


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
The Russian Foreign Ministry said the violence was a "direct result of connivance by Western politicians and European structures that have shut their eyes on the aggressive actions of radical forces". 


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton condemned "all use of violence, including against public or party buildings".


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
Anti-government protesters clash with the police during their storming of Independence Square.


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
After a night of violence in the capital Kiev, at least 25 people died.


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
Acording to the health ministry in Ukraine, several policemen also died and many more were injured.


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
A number of Western countries, including the US and France, called for an end to the violence in Kiev and restraint by security forces.



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Clashes with riot police started in Kiev early on Tuesday morning, after thousands of protesters marched towards parliament.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/1ee547c7c8130575beee53ae31282fbfEmeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Clashes with riot police started in Kiev early on Tuesday morning, after thousands of protesters marched towards parliament.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/4ec4a144c993a26a2e48890832267ddc

Opposition leaders accused pro-government factions of dragging their feet on a constitutional reform that would limit presidential powers.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/4ec4a144c993a26a2e48890832267ddcEmeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Opposition leaders accused pro-government factions of dragging their feet on a constitutional reform that would limit presidential powers.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/c2a83aaa64a60bf4ab7e5fd2dde2f266

After shutting down nearby underground metro stations and restricting traffic, police armed with stun grenades and water cannons moved into Independence Square.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/c2a83aaa64a60bf4ab7e5fd2dde2f266Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

After shutting down nearby underground metro stations and restricting traffic, police armed with stun grenades and water cannons moved into Independence Square.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/da2e82b8e8154bbf0867e46a32f358cc

Independence Square in Kiev has been the centre of nearly three months of protests.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/da2e82b8e8154bbf0867e46a32f358ccEmeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Independence Square in Kiev has been the centre of nearly three months of protests.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/ae9787739d0e87663b7380fd17b83cf9

The confrontation grew deadly when police stormed barricades set up by anti-government protesters.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/ae9787739d0e87663b7380fd17b83cf9Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

The confrontation grew deadly when police stormed barricades set up by anti-government protesters.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/eb6dbf89882945692825974b50a72546

About 20,000 demonstrators fought back, armed with rocks, bats and fire bombs, and singing the Ukrainian national anthem.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/eb6dbf89882945692825974b50a72546Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

About 20,000 demonstrators fought back, armed with rocks, bats and fire bombs, and singing the Ukrainian national anthem.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/40b6220e4dc3570c40d653a4c67d5cf8

In a letter published on his website on Wednesday, Yanukovich accused opposition leaders of ignoring "the basic principle of democracy".

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/40b6220e4dc3570c40d653a4c67d5cf8Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

In a letter published on his website on Wednesday, Yanukovich accused opposition leaders of ignoring "the basic principle of democracy".

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/5824bdd938e2b42e10f6980ab8d48b07

The iconic square turned into a war zone when riot police hurled stun grenades and using water cannon to clear protesters.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/5824bdd938e2b42e10f6980ab8d48b07Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

The iconic square turned into a war zone when riot police hurled stun grenades and using water cannon to clear protesters.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/d1696c80d8ab4df16aa6a330212a2c94

Protesters faught back with Molotov cocktails, fireworks and stones.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/d1696c80d8ab4df16aa6a330212a2c94Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Protesters faught back with Molotov cocktails, fireworks and stones.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/f98b54659fbada906fba6ab9fdcf7406

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the violence was a "direct result of connivance by Western politicians and European structures that have shut their eyes on the aggressive actions of radical forces". 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/f98b54659fbada906fba6ab9fdcf7406Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the violence was a "direct result of connivance by Western politicians and European structures that have shut their eyes on the aggressive actions of radical forces". 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/a2b0e18ed1b2359fb30858ca426eb8a5

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton condemned "all use of violence, including against public or party buildings".

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/a2b0e18ed1b2359fb30858ca426eb8a5Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton condemned "all use of violence, including against public or party buildings".

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/65479be6cdf7191ce086f4cc50ebeef2Anti-government protesters clash with the police during their storming of Independence Square.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/65479be6cdf7191ce086f4cc50ebeef2Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera Anti-government protesters clash with the police during their storming of Independence Square. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/e2a369bee0c49a405feace4d3b219971

After a night of violence in the capital Kiev, at least 25 people died.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/e2a369bee0c49a405feace4d3b219971Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

After a night of violence in the capital Kiev, at least 25 people died.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/cc65bc95139f155b27f4cba3d3ae4373

Acording to the health ministry in Ukraine, several policemen also died and many more were injured.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/cc65bc95139f155b27f4cba3d3ae4373Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Acording to the health ministry in Ukraine, several policemen also died and many more were injured.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/906e6903a4fca1067784971515caad8e

A number of Western countries, including the US and France, called for an end to the violence in Kiev and restraint by security forces.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_latest_clashes/slideshow/no-caption/906e6903a4fca1067784971515caad8eEmeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

A number of Western countries, including the US and France, called for an end to the violence in Kiev and restraint by security forces.



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