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The Battle in Kiev: Two Killed in Ukraine Protest

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Anti-government demonstrations in Ukraine took a deadly turn yesterday, with at least two protesters killed by gunshots. Government forces appear to be doubling down on recently passed anti-protest legislation -- increasing the level of response, even sending ominous area-wide text messages to protesters informing them, "You are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance." The pro-European demonstrators also increased their attacks on riot police in Kiev, bringing in a homemade trebuchet, fireworks, and crates full of Molotov cocktails. Also, see earlier entry: Renewed Protest in Ukraine. [42 photos]

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A demonstrator throws a stone during clashes between protestors and police in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. At least two activists were shot dead today as Ukrainian police stormed protesters' barricades in Kiev, the first fatalities in two months of anti-government protests. Pitched battles raged in the center of the Ukrainian capital as protesters hurled stones at police and the security forces responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)
A demonstrator throws a stone during clashes between protestors and police in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. At least two activists were shot dead today as Ukrainian police stormed protesters' barricades in Kiev, the first fatalities in two months of anti-government protests. Pitched battles raged in the center of the Ukrainian capital as protesters hurled stones at police and the security forces responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukranian riot police stand behind the wreckage of burned vehicles during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev, on January 20, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich) #
Protesters fire at police with fireworks, in central Kiev, on January 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) #
Pro-European integration protesters build a trebuchet to throw stones during clashes with police in Kiev, on January 20, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko) #
Protesters use fireworks during clashes with police in central Kiev, on January 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman) #
Fireworks explode during clashes between police and protesters in central Kiev, on January 20, 2014. (Anatoliy Sepanov/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Ukrainian priest passes by a rank of riot police in the center of Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images) #
Riot police officers take cover behind shields during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Maks Levin) #
Reporters take pictures during clashes between protesters and police in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) #
Pro-European protesters stand in line holding wooden sticks in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich) #
Helmeted riot police move in on hundreds of protesters in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman) #
Pro-European protesters clash with riot policemen in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich) #
Police officers drag a protester during clashes in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) #
A protester attacks police in central Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) #
A police officer detains a protester during clashes in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) #
An injured man, during clashes between pro-European protesters and riot police in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. The sign on the helmet reads: "Press". (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko) #
A woman addresses Ukrainian Interior Ministry members who lined up during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich) #
Ukrainian opposition activists prepare Molotov cocktails for clashes with riot police in central Kiev, on January 21, 2014. (Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images) #
A man carries a burning tire during a rally held by pro-European protesters in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko) #
A protester throws a Molotov cocktail toward police in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) #
A police officer uses a shotgun during clashes with protesters in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman) #
A protester, left, waits for a moment to clash with riot police officers in Kiev, on January 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov) #
The body of an unidentified man lies in a building near the street where clashes took place in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. Two people have died in clashes between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital Wednesday, according to medics on the site, in a development that will likely escalate Ukraine's two month-long political crisis. (AP Photo/Yuras Karmanau) #
A demonstrator throws an incendiary device as protesters clash with police in the center of Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images) #
Riot police officers dodge stones and firebombs during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Maks Levin) #
Protesters react as one catches fire during a clash with police in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images) #
Medics transport an injured protester during protests in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) #
A protester points a handgun during a battle with police in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) #
Protesters aim fireworks at riot police in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) #
Protestors burn tires as they clash with police in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images) #
A protester sprays fire in the direction of the riot police in Kiev, on January 20, 2014. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images) #
A police officer throws a Molotov cocktail toward protesters during clashes in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) #
A pro-European protester lies on the ground during a battle with riot police in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich) #
A protester prepares to throw a Molotov cocktail at police in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman) #
A pro-European integration protester catches fire during clashes in Kiev, on January 20, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko) #
An Orthodox priest prays as he stands between pro-European Union activists and police lines during violent demonstrations in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) #
Tires burn as police advance on protesters in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) #
A police officer runs away from protesters in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) #
Police prepare to clash with protesters in central Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) #
Protesters confront riot police in central Kiev, early Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman) #
Tires burn in the street, set alight by protesters in Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) #
A demonstrator stands amid burning tires and debris in the center of Kiev, on January 22, 2014. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images) #

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