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Violence in Ukraine's capital on Thursday, as President Viktor Yanukovich negotiated a deal for early elections.
Last updated: 21 Feb 2014 14:26
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Kiev, Ukraine - As violence exploded on Thursday night and heavy smoke from burning barricades at the protesters' encampment belched into the sky, three European foreign ministers were meeting with President Viktor Yanukovich, according to a presidential aide.

On Friday, Yanukovich announced a deal with opposition leaders to hold early presidential elections, form a government of national unity and make constitutional changes reducing his powers.

"Unless he's prepared to stand down, this deal, if there is one and it goes through, will not succeed. [The opposition] expect nothing more than the departure of the president," said Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons, reporting from Kiev.

The demonstrators, who have been protesting against Yanukovich's decision to strengthen ties with Russia at the expense of the European Union, pushed police forces back some 200 metres on Thursday night to retake control of the whole of Independence square, which anti-government protesters have occupied since November.

An Associated Press journalist said he had seen 10 bodies lying in the street, while a Reuters photographer said they had seen 15 bodies, covered by blankets on or near the downtown square.



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Protesters continued to clash with riot police in central Kiev on Thursday, February 20.



/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Protesters carry one of their wounded. Hundreds of armed demonstrators charged police barricades on Thursday in Kiev's central Independence Square, despite a truce called just hours earlier by the country's embattled president.



/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
Protesters pushed the police back about 200 metres and regained control of most of the square.


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Parts of the country, mostly in its western cities, are in open revolt against Yanukovich's central government, while many in eastern Ukraine back the president and favour strong ties with Russia.



/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
These has been no confirmation on the total number of injured during clashes.


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Protesters negotiate with police forces after breaking through a key blockade.



/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Protesters detained more than 60 policemen during the face off against heavily armed riot police on Thursday.



/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

"Ukrainian police shot back when protesters opened fire on officers between the main protest square in Kiev and the parliament building," a police statement said.



/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Anti-government protesters rest during clashes with riot police.



/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

An elderly protester smokes during a brief break in clashes.



/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Protesters celebrate breaking through a police blockade.



/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Late on Thursday, the Ukrainian parliament passed a measure that would prohibit the "anti-terrorist operation" threatened by Yanukovich to restore order, and called for all interior ministry troops to return to their bases.



/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera
Yanukovich and the opposition protesters are locked in a battle over the identity of Ukraine, a nation of 46 million that has divided loyalties between Russia and the West.


/Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

At least 75 people have been reported dead in the violence that has plagued the capital in recent days.



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Protesters continued to clash with riot police in central Kiev on Thursday, February 20.

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Protesters carry one of their wounded. Hundreds of armed demonstrators charged police barricades on Thursday in Kiev(***)s central Independence Square, despite a truce called just hours earlier by the country(***)s embattled president.

;*;Protesters pushed the police back about 200 metres and regained control of most of the square.;*;

Parts of the country, mostly in its western cities, are in open revolt against Yanukovich(***)s central government, while many in eastern Ukraine back the president and favour strong ties with Russia.

;*;These has been no confirmation on the total number of injured during clashes.;*;

Protesters negotiate with police forces after breaking through a key blockade.

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Protesters detained more than 60 policemen during the face off against heavily armed riot police on Thursday.

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"Ukrainian police shot back when protesters opened fire on officers between the main protest square in Kiev and the parliament building," a police statement said.

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Anti-government protesters rest during clashes with riot police.

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An elderly protester smokes during a brief break in clashes.

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Protesters celebrate breaking through a police blockade.

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Late on Thursday, the Ukrainian parliament passed a measure that would prohibit the "anti-terrorist operation" threatened by Yanukovich to restore order, and called for all interior ministry troops to return to their bases.

;*;Yanukovich and the opposition protesters are locked in a battle over the identity of Ukraine, a nation of 46 million that has divided loyalties between Russia and the West.;*;

At least 75 people have been reported dead in the violence that has plagued the capital in recent days.

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Protesters clashed with riot police in central Kiev on February 20, 2014.

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Protesters clashed with riot police in central Kiev on February 20, 2014.

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Protesters carry a wounded fellow protester. Hundreds of armed protesters charged police barricades on Thursday in Kiev's central Independence Square, despite a truce called just hours earlier by the country's embattled president.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_20_Feb/slideshow/no-caption/df81385747340f771ac577340fec5bcdEmeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Protesters carry a wounded fellow protester. Hundreds of armed protesters charged police barricades on Thursday in Kiev's central Independence Square, despite a truce called just hours earlier by the country's embattled president.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_20_Feb/slideshow/no-caption/673f8ff46b6901f3657d271392e26e5a

Protesters pushed the police back about 200 metres and regained control of most of the square.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_20_Feb/slideshow/no-caption/673f8ff46b6901f3657d271392e26e5aEmeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Protesters pushed the police back about 200 metres and regained control of most of the square.

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Parts of the country ,mostly in its western cities, are in open revolt against Yanukovich's central government, while many in eastern Ukraine back the president and favor strong ties with Russia.

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Parts of the country ,mostly in its western cities, are in open revolt against Yanukovich's central government, while many in eastern Ukraine back the president and favor strong ties with Russia.

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These has been no confirmation on the total number of injured during clashes.

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These has been no confirmation on the total number of injured during clashes.

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Protesters negociate with police forces while they managed to break police blockade.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_20_Feb/slideshow/no-caption/c7d775c3fd0358f0e554ab806efb10eeEmeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Protesters negociate with police forces while they managed to break police blockade.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_20_Feb/slideshow/no-caption/22d857baf51d4b30aaacad0b7b2015af

Protestors detained over 60 policemen during the face off against heavily armed riot police on Thursday.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_20_Feb/slideshow/no-caption/22d857baf51d4b30aaacad0b7b2015afEmeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Protestors detained over 60 policemen during the face off against heavily armed riot police on Thursday.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_20_Feb/slideshow/no-caption/6c367af686e869fcee07237638842f23

'Ukrainian police shot back when protesters opened fire on officers between the main protest square in Kiev and the parliament building' ,a police statement said.

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'Ukrainian police shot back when protesters opened fire on officers between the main protest square in Kiev and the parliament building' ,a police statement said.

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Anti government protesters rest on the ground during clashes with riot police.

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Anti government protesters rest on the ground during clashes with riot police.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_20_Feb/slideshow/no-caption/a5403ebfc3cf78fc4269a7d654f57517

An elderly protester smokes during a brief break in clashes .

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_20_Feb/slideshow/no-caption/a5403ebfc3cf78fc4269a7d654f57517Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

An elderly protester smokes during a brief break in clashes .

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Protesters cheer while they managed to break police blockade.

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Protesters cheer while they managed to break police blockade.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_20_Feb/slideshow/no-caption/1dc00e763878fb9f35ce7173e35593a5

Late on Thursday, the Ukrainian parliament passed a measure that would prohibit the 'anti terrorist operation' threatened by Yanukovich to restore order, and called for all interior ministry troops to return to their bases.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_20_Feb/slideshow/no-caption/1dc00e763878fb9f35ce7173e35593a5Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Late on Thursday, the Ukrainian parliament passed a measure that would prohibit the 'anti terrorist operation' threatened by Yanukovich to restore order, and called for all interior ministry troops to return to their bases.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_20_Feb/slideshow/no-caption/0dfbcd6e2f193b0d6af793ff2f6e1452

Yanukovich and the opposition protesters are locked in a battle over the identity of Ukraine, a nation of 46 million that has divided loyalties between Russia and the West.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_20_Feb/slideshow/no-caption/0dfbcd6e2f193b0d6af793ff2f6e1452Emeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

Yanukovich and the opposition protesters are locked in a battle over the identity of Ukraine, a nation of 46 million that has divided loyalties between Russia and the West.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_20_Feb/slideshow/no-caption/2f11e4155d005a1642ff781269fbf11d

The last days of fighting left at least 75 people dead.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_20_Feb/slideshow/no-caption/2f11e4155d005a1642ff781269fbf11dEmeric Fohlen/Al Jazeera

The last days of fighting left at least 75 people dead.



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