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In pictures: Violence continues as truce ends in Kiev

February 21, 2014

Protesters advance towards new positions in Kiev on February 20, 2014. Armed protesters stormed police barricades in Kiev in renewed violence that killed at least 26 people and shattered an hours-old truce as EU envoys held crisis talks with Ukraine’s embattled president. Bodies of anti-government demonstrators lay amid smouldering debris after masked protesters hurling Molotov cocktails and stones forced police from Kiev’s iconic Independence Square — the epicentre of the ex-Soviet country’s three-month-old crisis. Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP
Protesters advance towards new positions in Kiev on February 20, 2014. Armed protesters stormed police barricades in Kiev in renewed violence that killed at least 26 people and shattered an hours-old truce as EU envoys held crisis talks with Ukraine’s embattled president. Bodies of anti-government demonstrators lay amid smouldering debris after masked protesters hurling Molotov cocktails and stones forced police from Kiev’s iconic Independence Square — the epicentre of the ex-Soviet country’s three-month-old crisis. Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP
Protesters burn as they stand behind burning barricades during clashes with police. Ukraine’s embattled leader announced a “truce” with the opposition as he prepared to get grilled by visiting EU diplomats over clashes that killed 26 and left the government facing diplomatic isolation. The shocking scale of the violence three months into the crisis brought expressions of grave concern from the West and condemnation of an “attempted coup” by the Kremlin. Bulent Kilic / AFP
Protesters burn as they stand behind burning barricades during clashes with police. Ukraine’s embattled leader announced a “truce” with the opposition as he prepared to get grilled by visiting EU diplomats over clashes that killed 26 and left the government facing diplomatic isolation. The shocking scale of the violence three months into the crisis brought expressions of grave concern from the West and condemnation of an “attempted coup” by the Kremlin. Bulent Kilic / AFP
A general view of Independence square is seen during the face off against heavily-armed police. Bulent Kilic / AFP
A general view of Independence square is seen during the face off against heavily-armed police. Bulent Kilic / AFP
Protesters advance to new positions in Kiev. Top officials were evacuated on Thursday from Ukraine’s main government building close to clashes in the heart of Kiev. “This morning, all cabinet employees were evacuated from the building. These were official orders,” a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian government said. Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP
Protesters advance to new positions in Kiev. Top officials were evacuated on Thursday from Ukraine’s main government building close to clashes in the heart of Kiev. “This morning, all cabinet employees were evacuated from the building. These were official orders,” a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian government said. Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP
Anti-government demonstrators build a barricade during clashes with riot police on the Independence square. Fresh fighting broke out between thousands of protesters and riot police only hours after oppsition leaders and President Viktor Yanukovich declared a truce. Protesters were seen throwing firebombs and Molotov cocktails at police, who responded with tear gas. The square was filled with black smoke from burning tyres. Maxim Shipenkov / EPA
Anti-government demonstrators build a barricade during clashes with riot police on the Independence square. Fresh fighting broke out between thousands of protesters and riot police only hours after oppsition leaders and President Viktor Yanukovich declared a truce. Protesters were seen throwing firebombs and Molotov cocktails at police, who responded with tear gas. The square was filled with black smoke from burning tyres. Maxim Shipenkov / EPA
A demonstrator stands on a balcony overlooking Independence square is seen during the face off against heavily-armed police. Armed protesters stormed police barricades in renewed violence that killed at least 26 people and shattered an hours-old truce as EU envoys held crisis talks with Ukraine’s embattled president. Bulent Kilic / AFP
A demonstrator stands on a balcony overlooking Independence square is seen during the face off against heavily-armed police. Armed protesters stormed police barricades in renewed violence that killed at least 26 people and shattered an hours-old truce as EU envoys held crisis talks with Ukraine’s embattled president. Bulent Kilic / AFP
Anti-government demonstrators escort captured interior troops soldiers during clashes with riot police. Yevgeny Maloletka / EPA
Anti-government demonstrators escort captured interior troops soldiers during clashes with riot police. Yevgeny Maloletka / EPA
Anti-government protesters pause at a barricade. Fierce clashes between police and protesters, some including gunfire. Marko Drobnjakovic / AP photo
Anti-government protesters pause at a barricade. Fierce clashes between police and protesters, some including gunfire. Marko Drobnjakovic / AP photo
Protesters carry a wounded demonstrator. Hundreds of armed protesters charged police barricades. Protesters pushed the police back about 200 metres and were in control of most of the square they had occupied at the start of Ukraine’s three-month-old political crisis. Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP
Protesters carry a wounded demonstrator. Hundreds of armed protesters charged police barricades. Protesters pushed the police back about 200 metres and were in control of most of the square they had occupied at the start of Ukraine’s three-month-old political crisis. Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP
Protesters stand behind burning barricades during a face-off against police. Bulent Kilic / AFP
Protesters stand behind burning barricades during a face-off against police. Bulent Kilic / AFP
Anti-government protesters continue to clash with police. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government protesters, who are calling to oust President Viktor Yanukovich over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union. Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images
Anti-government protesters continue to clash with police. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government protesters, who are calling to oust President Viktor Yanukovich over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union. Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images
Activists carry a dead protester during clashes with police. Fierce clashes between police and protesters, some including gunfire, shattered a brief truce, killing numerous people. Efrem Lukatsky / AP photo
Activists carry a dead protester during clashes with police. Fierce clashes between police and protesters, some including gunfire, shattered a brief truce, killing numerous people. Efrem Lukatsky / AP photo
An Orthodox priest talks on the phone as anti-government protesters pause on a barricade. Fierce clashes between police and protesters, some including gunfire, shattered a brief truce, killing numerous people. Marko Drobnjakovic / AP photo
An Orthodox priest talks on the phone as anti-government protesters pause on a barricade. Fierce clashes between police and protesters, some including gunfire, shattered a brief truce, killing numerous people. Marko Drobnjakovic / AP photo
Police use water cannon against anti government demonstrators during clashes with riot police. Yevgeny Maloletka / EPA
Police use water cannon against anti government demonstrators during clashes with riot police. Yevgeny Maloletka / EPA

A short truce has ended in Kiev, Ukraine amid another outbreak of violence that is said to have left more dead as the riots continue.