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15 terrifying images which show that Kiev is a real warzone

Published time: February 19, 2014 11:32
Edited time: February 19, 2014 20:14
Anti-government rioters aim their weapons during clashes with riot police in Independence Square in Kiev February 18, 2014. (AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)

Anti-government rioters aim their weapons during clashes with riot police in Independence Square in Kiev February 18, 2014. (AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)

Corpses on the streets, burning police trucks and military-clad rioters beating law enforcement officers to death with clubs. Out of control, armed to the teeth, they are literally turning Kiev into a warzone.

Molotov cocktails and cobble stones mainly make up the arsenal of hardline rioters.

REUTERS / Maks Levin

At first sight this may look amateurish compared to the police officers’ equipment, but the effect it causes is devastating.

REUTERS / Andrew Kravchenko

Rioters feed burning flames with tires, and there seems no shortage of this “rubber fuel.”

Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili

Dressed in camouflage, the radicals represent the far-right wing of the Ukrainian opposition. They follow the ultra-right ideology of nationalistic organizations…

Reuters / Gleb Garanich

… and the tactic. The way ultras treat their opponents is anything but peaceful.

 REUTERS / Vlad Sodel

They attack from everywhere. Hurl everything they find, debris, construction materials.

REUTERS / Andrew Kravchenko

Police takes cover behind shields.

REUTERS / Andrew Kravchenko

Law enforcement officers respond to the violence by beating and detaining rioters.

REUTERS

Protesters also use shields, either handmade or obtained from police.

REUTERS / Maks Levin

Reuters / Konstantin Chernichkin

This picture may look like a celebration, but it is not. Fireworks are also extensively used against the police.

Reuters / Konstantin Chernichkin

Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko

The past two days have become the deadliest and the bloodiest for Kiev, since at first peaceful protests started in November. So far, 26 have been killed, including 10 police officers.

REUTERS / Konstantin Grishin

On Wednesday morning Kiev woke up in ruins. These pictures of the city are barely reminiscent of a successful, tourist friendly capital.

REUTERS / Olga Yakimovich

Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich and opposition leaders have so far been unable to reach an agreement to end the violence. The opposition leaders are refusing to condemn the bloodshed, but are calling on their adherents to refrain from radical actions.

But even if any agreement between the Ukrainian opposition and the government is reached, the official leaders of the opposition are extremely unlikely to persuade the insurgent nationalists to lay down arms, stop mutiny and return to the poverty-stricken western regions of Ukraine, where they mostly came from.