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Ukraine riot cops pose for photo amid violent clashes

Reuters

Ukrainian riot police officers pose for a picture near burnt-out vehicles as smoke rises during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev on Wednesday.

Demonstrations that began on Nov. 21 flared into violence on Sunday after the government rushed through a new law effectively banning peaceful protest. Late Wednesday, protest leaders delivered an ultimatum to Ukraine's government -- call elections or we will "go on the attack."

Efrem Lukatsky / AP

Protesters throw rocks at police in central Kiev on Jan. 22, 2014. Mass protests erupted after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spurned a pact with the European Union in favor of close ties with Russia, which offered him a $15 billion bailout.

Gleb Garanich / Reuters

A woman holds a wooden cross as riot policemen aim their weapons during clashes with pro-European protesters.

Efrem Lukatsky / AP

A protester points a handgun during a clash with police in central Kiev.

After days of violent clashes, the fighting in the Ukraine has turned deadly. As police fired rubber bullets into the crowd, protesters threw fire bombs.