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28 Intense Photos From The Bloodiest Day Of Ukraine's Uprising

Dozens are reported dead after the worst violence in the country's 22-year history as an independent nation.

Posted on February 18, 2014, at 8:49 p.m. ET

1. Thousands of riot police clashed with protesters Tuesday in Ukraine's capital, Kiev.

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3. At least 22 were killed and hundreds of others were injured.

Anti-government protesters carry a wounded policemen during clashes with riot police.
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Anti-government protesters carry a wounded policemen during clashes with riot police.

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An injured man is helped by anti-government protesters during clashes with riot police.
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An injured man is helped by anti-government protesters during clashes with riot police.

5. It was the deadliest day in nearly three months of protests against the government.

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6. The protests began in November after President Viktor Yanukovych accepted a $15 billion bailout from Russia to back out from a deal with the European Union.

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8. Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko urged protesters to defend Kiev's Independence Square, where they were located.

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9. "We will not go anywhere from here. This is an island of freedom and we will defend it," he said.

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Ukranian riot police take cover behind their shields during clashes with anti-government protesters.
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Ukranian riot police take cover behind their shields during clashes with anti-government protesters.

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13. Protesters fought back police with rocks, bats, logs and homemade bombs.

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An anti-government protester throws a log during clashes with riot police.
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An anti-government protester throws a log during clashes with riot police.

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An anti-government protester prepares to throw a petrol bomb.
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An anti-government protester prepares to throw a petrol bomb.

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An anti-government protester prepares to throw an molotov cocktail during clashes with riot police.
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An anti-government protester prepares to throw an molotov cocktail during clashes with riot police.

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Fireworks explode near anti-government protesters during clashes with riot police.
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Fireworks explode near anti-government protesters during clashes with riot police.

21. Despite the protests, President Yanukovych remains popular in the southern and eastern portions of the country, where ties to Russia are strong.

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23. According to the Associated Press, Russia "may have wanted to see Kiev remain calm through the Winter Olympics in Sochi, so as not to distract from President Vladimir Putin's games."

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An anti-government protester throws bottles during clashes with riot police.
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An anti-government protester throws bottles during clashes with riot police.

26. "We see that this regime again has begun shooting people; they want to sink Ukraine in blood. We will not give in to a single provocation," opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.

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