Apocalyptic Maidan: Torn by deadly clashes, Kiev plunges deeper into chaos (PHOTOS)
Published time: February 20, 2014 12:56
Edited time: February 20, 2014 16:02
As the battle for Kiev’s city center rages on, the once-beautiful heart of the Ukrainian capital is now engulfed in flames by night and smoke by day, projecting end-of-the-world images of total disarray and destruction.
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Darkness never completely falls on Independence Square (Maidan)
…as it is lit up by flaming barricades all over the place,
keeping security officers away.
Rioters take the flames from the burning barricades.
Light of day reveals the littered, smoking strip of ‘neutral
zone’ between riot police and the protesters’ camp.
A protester with a handmade shield moves alone through the
devastated city center.
Kiev’s pavements are being dismantled by protesters, who in this
way replenish their stock of stones to hurl at police.
Walking amid the rubble, burnt tires and pieces of wood, the
police cover themselves up with shields, hiding from possible
Protesters’ camp during the short-lived truce, which only
survived a few hours to be broken by new deadly clashes, which
have by now claimed at least 64 lives, according to the official
Maidan hospital sources are claiming that 70 people have been
killed on the rioters’ side on Thursday alone.
Skeletons of burned-out vehicles and heaps of tires shape today’s
landscape in Kiev’s city center.