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Ukraine protests continues even as President Viktor Yanukovych declares truce

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Protesters destroy the district police department in Lviv, Ukraine on 19 February. Opponents of Ukraine’s president declared political autonomy in the major western city of Lviv on Wednesday, seizing public buildings and forcing the police to surrender. Reuters
1/9Protesters destroy the district police department in Lviv, Ukraine on 19 February. Opponents of Ukraine’s president declared political autonomy in the major western city of Lviv on Wednesday, seizing public buildings and forcing the police to surrender. Reuters
The Kiev presidential website on Wednesday posted a brief statement saying President Viktor Yanukovych met with opposition leaders and they called for a truce and for negotiations. However, the statement did not give details of what a truce would entail. AFP
2/9The Kiev presidential website on Wednesday posted a brief statement saying President Viktor Yanukovych met with opposition leaders and they called for a truce and for negotiations. However, the statement did not give details of what a truce would entail. AFP
Protests at the Independence Square in Kiev on 20 February. The protests in Ukraine, that has killed 26 people, continue even as the US stepped up pressure by imposing travel bans on 20 senior Ukrainian officials. Reuters
3/9Protests at the Independence Square in Kiev on 20 February. The protests in Ukraine, that has killed 26 people, continue even as the US stepped up pressure by imposing travel bans on 20 senior Ukrainian officials. Reuters
Ukrainian riot police charged protesters occupying the central Kiev square (in picture) on 19 February after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence. Reuters
4/9Ukrainian riot police charged protesters occupying the central Kiev square (in picture) on 19 February after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence. Reuters
Anti-government protesters clash with the police at the central Kiev square. Flames engulfed the main anti-government protest camp as riot police battled their way into Independence Square, centre of three months of protests, to force demonstrators out of the place. AFP
5/9Anti-government protesters clash with the police at the central Kiev square. Flames engulfed the main anti-government protest camp as riot police battled their way into Independence Square, centre of three months of protests, to force demonstrators out of the place. AFP
The square turned into a war zone as riot police hurled stun grenades and used water cannons to clear protesters. As police tried to put out the fire with two water cannons, protesters responded by hurling petrol bombs at the police vehicles, Reuters
6/9The square turned into a war zone as riot police hurled stun grenades and used water cannons to clear protesters. As police tried to put out the fire with two water cannons, protesters responded by hurling petrol bombs at the police vehicles, Reuters
Protesters help an injured man during the clashes. The protests started on 21 November when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych backed-off on his previous promises to sign a trade pact with the European Union, choosing instead to strengthen ties with Russia. Reuters
7/9Protesters help an injured man during the clashes. The protests started on 21 November when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych backed-off on his previous promises to sign a trade pact with the European Union, choosing instead to strengthen ties with Russia. Reuters
Protesters during the clashes. Thousands of protesters have poured into the Independence Square to protest the decision.  AFP
8/9Protesters during the clashes. Thousands of protesters have poured into the Independence Square to protest the decision. AFP
Ukraine has been rocked periodically by political turmoil since gaining independence from the Soviet Union more than 22 years ago, but it has never experienced violence on this scale. AFP
9/9Ukraine has been rocked periodically by political turmoil since gaining independence from the Soviet Union more than 22 years ago, but it has never experienced violence on this scale. AFP
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