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In pictures: Kiev rocked by 'vicious street battles' as Ukraine boils over

Protesters clash with riot police as Ukrainian opposition defies Yanukovich

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Pro-European protesters stand near the wreckage of a vehicle burnt during clashes with Ukranian riot police in Kiev January 20, 2014. President Viktor Yanukovich, reeling from the worst violence for decades in the Ukrainian capital, appealed for compromise on Monday as police and demonstrators clashed again in the streets.

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Pro-European protesters run past burning vehicles during clashes with Ukranian riot police in Kiev January 20, 2014.

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Pro-European protesters throw petrol bombs during clashes with Ukranian riot police in Kiev January 20, 2014.

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Pro-European protesters take cover behind barricades during clashes with Ukranian riot police in Kiev January 20, 2014.

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A stun grenade explodes as protesters clash with police during unrest in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. After a night of vicious streets battles, anti-government protesters and police clashed anew Monday in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Hundreds of protesters, many wearing balaclavas, hurled rocks and police responded with tear gas.

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Protesters clash with police, in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

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Protesters clash with police, in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

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Protesters fire at police with fireworks, in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. After a night of vicious streets battles, anti-government protesters and police clashed anew Monday in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

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Protesters fire at police with fireworks, in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

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Protesters fire at police with fireworks, in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

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Protesters react to tear gas as they clash with police, in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

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Pro-European integration protesters carry Molotov cocktails during clashes with police in Kiev, January 20, 2014. Protesters clashed with riot police in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday after tough anti-protest legislation, which the political opposition says paves the way for a police state, was rushed through parliament last week.

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