Europe

In pictures: Ukraine clashes

  • 18 February 2014
  • From the section Europe
Anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square
Protesters in Ukraine have clashed with security forces, who have stormed the main anti-government camp in Kiev.
Fireworks in Kiev
Fireworks have also been thrown and police have deployed water cannon
Monuments to Kiev's founders burn as anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Independence Square
Independence Square - known as the Maidan - has been the epicentre of street protests since they began in November.
Anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Kiev"s Independence Square
Opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk has insisted the protest camp - which is calling for President Viktor Yanukovych to resign - will "not retreat a single step".
Man with petrol bomb
The crackdown down ends the most violent day since the protests began, prompted by the government's suspension of preparations for a trade deal with the EU.
An Interior ministry member aims with his rifle during clashes with anti-government protesters
Security forces and protesters clashed earlier in the day in some of the worst violence seen in the capital for weeks
Anti-government protesters clash with police in Kiev
Protesters threw cobblestones at the security services during earlier clashes
Anti-government protesters take cover behind shields during clashes with riot police at the Independence Square in Kiev
Security forces had given protesters a deadline of 18:00 local time (16:00 GMT) to end the unrest or face police using "all legal means" to restore order
Ukraine protesters
US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for both sides to end the violence