As Kiev burns

Protesters in Kiev, 23 Jan
Protestors amid carnage in Kiev // Credit: BBC

The protests in the Ukraine are intensified and now have their first fatalities. Such conflict should not be a surprise- the Ukraine has struggled since its independence from the Soviet Union to determine whether it will align with Russia or with Europe. 

These protests are wide-ranging in scope and the groups that participate. Far-right groups, anti-corruption, those advocating a better democracy. What is clear is that the Ukrainian government led by President Viktor Yanukovych has lost a great deal of its legitimacy.

Spectacular photos of fireworks weaponry from the Ukraine protests
Protestors feed their smokescreen with burning tires. // Credit: Ilya Varlamov
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Riot police form a shield formation while attempting to disperse protestors. // Credit: REUTERS/Maks Levin

 

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