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PHOTOS: The bloody battle of Kiev Maidan

February 21, 2014 09:59 IST

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The guns may have gone silent for now in capital Kiev’s Maidan or Independence Square, but peace is still far from the reach of Ukrainians.

A truce has been called. But Ukraine has already seen two such truces since Sunday collapse into carnage.

The most intense violence in Ukraine's three-month crisis, which turned Kiev into a battle zone between anti-government protesters and riot police, has claimed a number of lives. The official figure, though, still hovers in the 70s.

Media reports say dozens of anti-government protesters died in Kiev on Thursday. Many were reportedly killed by snipers. Ukraine's health ministry also said that 571 were injured during three days of violence in the Ukrainian capital.

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Image: Anti-government protesters, continue to their clash with police in Independence square, despite a truce agreed between the Ukrainian president and opposition leaders on February 20
Photographs: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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An anti-government protester aims a gun in the direction of suspected sniper fire near the Hotel Ukraine

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Photographs: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

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An anti-government protester takes cover from suspected sniper fire near the Hotel Ukraine

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Photographs: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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Anti-government protesters build barricades around the Independence Square during clashes with riot police in Kiev

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Photographs: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

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An anti-government protester shoots an improvised device during clashes with riot police in the Independence Square in Kiev

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Photographs: Reuters

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Night falls as anti-government protesters rebuild barricades following continued clashes with police in Independence square

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Photographs: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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Molotov cocktails and rocks are placed next to barricades as anti-government protesters, continue to clash with police in Independence square, despite a truce agreed between the Ukrainian president and opposition leaders

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Anti-government protesters rebuild barricades following continued clashes with police in Independence square

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Photographs: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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Anti-government protesters continue to clash with police in Independence square despite the truce

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Photographs: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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Anti-government protesters carry the injured during continued clashes with police in Independence square

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Photographs: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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An anti-government protester takes cover from suspected sniper fire near the Hotel Ukraine

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A man plays the trumpet as anti-government protesters continue to clash with police in Independence square

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Photographs: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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An anti-government protester stacks bricks to form battlements at a barricade near the Ukraine House

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Anti-government protesters, continue to their clash with police in Independence square, despite a truce agreed between the Ukrainian president and opposition leaders

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Photographs: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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A woman clears ashes and debris with other anti-government protesters from a newly-occupied portion of Independence Square

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Anti-government protesters add tires to a fire at front-line barricades on Instytutska Street, near Independence Square

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An anti-government protester aims a rifle during clashes with riot police in Independence Square in Kiev

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Photographs: Maks Levin/Reuters

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An anti-government protester prepares traditional Ukranian soup in Kiev's Independence square early February 21

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Photographs: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

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Anti-government protesters detain a policeman (2nd L) during clashes in the Independence Square in Kiev

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