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What started off as a peaceful demonstration in Kiev has now escalated into a full-blown civil war affecting millions.

EU officials refuse to admit that Ukraine is falling apart as a nation and that war may break out on their doorstep.

Collected below are pics from last week that speak much more than any news article or TV report about the situation.

Our thanks to the many brave photographers who took these images.

Some of the pics are so intense they look like posters from a WW2 movie!

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Protesters burn tires as they clash with riot police during an anti-government protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, Jan. 22. At least two people died of gunshot wounds on January 22 during anti-government protests in Ukraine.

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Riot police officers gather as they clash with protestors in the center of Kiev on Jan. 22. Ukrainian police stormed protesters' barricades in Kiev as violent clashes erupted.

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Ukrainian riot policemen detain a bleeding protester following clashes between security forces and pro-EU demonstrators in central Kiev on Jan. 22

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A protester throws a Molotov cocktail during an anti-government protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, Jan 22. According to media reports, two men were shot dead as anti-government protests escalated in Ukraine, causing central Kiev to resemble a war zone with protesters and riot police battling on and off while smoke from burning tyres and firebombs blackened the sky.

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Police prepare to clash with protesters in central Kiev, Ukraine, Jan. 22. The mass protests in the capital of Kiev 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.

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A pro-European integration protester takes cover behind a makeshift shield at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev Jan. 23. Ukrainian opposition leaders emerged from crisis talks with President Viktor Yanukovich on Wednesday saying he had failed to give concrete answers to their demands, and told their supporters on the streets to prepare for a police offensive.

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A protester breaks up a mannequin on the roof of the burned truck during clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Jan. 23. Thick black smoke from burning tires engulfed parts of downtown Kiev as an ultimatum issued by the opposition to the president to call early election or face street rage was set to expire with no sign of a compromise on Thursday.

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Protesters stand on a barricade during an anti-government protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, Jan 24.

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A woman cries as she and others appeal to Ukrainian police troops at the site of clashes with anti-government protesters in Kiev Jan. 24. Ukrainian protesters erected more street barricades and occupied a government ministry building on Friday after the failure of crisis talks with President Viktor Yanukovich, pointing to a further hot weekend of protest. The words on the placard read, from top: "Soldiers and policemen, pass on to the people's side. Together to the victory. Glory to Ukraine."

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Pro-European integration protesters take cover from water sprayed from a fire engine at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev Jan. 23.

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A view of anti-government protesters camping at the Independence Square in central Kiev Jan. 24. Ukrainian protesters erected more street barricades and occupied a government ministry building on Friday, fuelling tension after the failure of crisis talks with President Viktor Yanukovich.

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An anti-government protester stands next to a mannequin on a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev Jan. 24.

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Police troops stand in front of a barricade at the site of clashes with anti-government protesters in Kiev Jan. 24.

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A protester wearing improvised protective gear helps a woman cross near the barricade in front of riot police in Kiev, Ukraine, Jan. 24. Protesters have seized a government building in the Ukrainian capital while also maintaining the siege of several governors' offices in the country's west, raising the pressure on the government.

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Police block the road near the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers building on Jan. 24, in Kiev, Ukraine. After two months of primarily peaceful anti-government protests in the city center, new laws meant to end the protest movement have sparked violent clashes in recent days.

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A woman speaks as she kneels down in front of a line of riot police in the center of Kiev on Jan. 24. Ukrainian protesters today expanded their protest camp in Kiev closer to the administration of President Viktor Yanukovych, after crisis talks to end Ukraine's worst crisis since its 1991 independence ended in deadlock.

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Protesters warm themselves at a fire during continuous anti-government protests in Kiev, Ukraine, Jan. 24. Anti-government protesters in Ukraine vowed to carry on after President Viktor Yanukovych failed to make major concessions in late-night talks with opposition leaders.

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Some 10,000 Ukrainians take part in the funeral ceremony of dead protester Yuri Verbytsky in the western city of Lviv on Jan. 24.

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Anti-government protesters stand on a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev, Jan. 24. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, in what appeared to be an offer of concessions to the opposition amid violent protests against his rule, pledged on Friday to reshuffle the government next week and to amend sweeping anti-protest laws.

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Activists of Euromaidan (the name given for Independence Square) burn tires and warm themselves at a barricade in the center of Kiev early on Jan 24.
 

KiltedSoldier

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You think Russia will be asked in to restore order - or Ukraine needs to split into a West and East state ?
 

egora

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Russia beneficial to Ukraine has been an independent and sovereign state, but if there's going to a real war, the possible split of Ukraine to the east and the west, east and then become part of Russia.
Ukraine would be better left whole country.
 

Meatpie

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I believe Ukraine will join the EU eventually but how much will it benefit is another question.

People tend to think that becoming part of a bigger union will instantly make their lives easier and bring prosperity.
 

egora

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Read the agreement between Ukraine and the EU, with the agreement of Ukraine is doomed.
 

WindSquid

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Meh.
Our President just wants more money.
I dont think him holding up for much longer, but im not sure if we will join EUbeventually
 

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Russia intervene? Cough!!!...Cough!!!....Russia's best strategy is to let Ukraine tear itself apart and then gobble up the spoils. This way Russia does not look like a mean calculating bully and therefore reclaim part of its former territories in turn they hands are clean in the process.
 
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