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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
Kiev, February 19, 2014 (AFP Photo/Sergei Supinsky)

Kiev, February 19, 2014 (AFP Photo/Sergei Supinsky)

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) at night…

Kiev, February 19, 2014 (AFP Photo/Louisa Gouliamaki)

…as it is lit up by flaming barricades all over the place, keeping security officers away.

Kiev, February 19, 2014 (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

Rioters take the flames from the burning barricades.

Kiev, February 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

Light of day reveals the littered, smoking strip of ‘neutral zone’ between riot police and the protesters’ camp.

Kiev, February 19, 2014 (Reuters/Olga Yakimovich)

A protester with a handmade shield moves alone through the devastated city center.

Kiev, February 19, 2014 (Reuters/Olga Yakimovich)

Kiev’s pavements are being dismantled by protesters, who in this way replenish their stock of stones to hurl at police.

Kiev, February 18, 2014 (Reuters/Konstantin Chernichkin)

Walking amid the rubble, burnt tires and pieces of wood, the police cover themselves up with shields, hiding from possible attack.

Kiev, February 19, 2014 (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

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 estimates.

Kiev, February 19, 2014 (RIA Novosti/Alexei Furman)

Maidan hospital sources are claiming that 70 people have been killed on the rioters’ side on Thursday alone.

Kiev, February 18, 2014 (AFP Photo/Sergei Supinsky)

Skeletons of burned-out vehicles and heaps of tires shape today’s landscape in Kiev’s city center.

Kiev, February 17, 2014 (Reuters/Vlad Sodel)

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