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In Pictures: Ukraine police storm Kiev protest camp

Riot policemen block Pro-European Union activists camping out in their tents on the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
Riot policemen block Pro-European Union activists camping out in their tents on the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
Riot policemen block Pro-European Union activists camping out in their tents on the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
Ukrainian riot police guard Ukrainian government buildings in Kiev, Ukraine, early Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, center, and former Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vladimir Ogryzko, right, arrive to meet Pro-European Union activists gathered on the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, center, arrive to meet Pro-European Union activists gathered on the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, center, arrive to meet Pro-European Union activists gathered on the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
Pro-European Union activists warm themselves around a bonfire as they gather in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
Riot police get ready to displace pro-European Union activists from their barricades at the Ukrainian presidential administration building in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
Riot police officers prepare to break through a barricade while trying to displace pro-European Union activists from the Ukrainian presidential administration building in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
Riot police try to displace pro-European Union activists from their barricades at the Ukrainian presidential administration building in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
Riot police push pro-European Union activists away from their barricades at the Ukrainian presidential administration building in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
Ukrainian lawmaker and chairman of the opposition party Udar (Punch), WBC heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko surrounded by police trying to stop possible clashes between police and Pro-European Union activists in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
Ukrainian riot police block Pro-European Union activists' tent camp next to the Ukrainian Government buildings in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
Pro-European Union activists gather in their tent camp on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
Ukrainian lawmaker and chairman of the opposition party Udar (Punch), WBC heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko surrounded by police trying to stop possible clashes between police and Pro-European Union activists in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
Pro-European Union activists gather in their tent camp on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
A man wearing Ukrainian national flag walks past Ukrainian riot police as they block the road next to Pro-European Union activists gathered on the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
Ukrainian protesters smash a statue of Vladimir Lenin with a sledgehammer, in central Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Anti-government protesters have toppled the statue of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin in central Kiev amid huge protests gripping Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
KIEV, UKRAINE - DECEMBER 8: Anti-government protesters hold a large rally on Independence Square on December 8, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine. Thousands of people have been protesting against the government since a decision by Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych to suspend a trade and partnership agreement with the European Union in favor of incentives from Russia. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - DECEMBER 8: Anti-government protesters lock arms to block access to a street that leads to the Ukrainian parliament building, the site of a rally held by the ruling Party of Regions in support of the government and Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, on December 8, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine. Thousands of people have been protesting against the government since a decision by President Yanukovych to suspend a trade and partnership agreement with the European Union in favor of incentives from Russia. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Flowers from pro-European union activists lay in front of police outside the Presidential office in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, with various messages supporting their cause. Thousands of Ukrainians angered by police violence and the president's turn away from Europe are expected to converge on the capital Sunday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
KIEV, UKRAINE - DECEMBER 8: Men dressed as Cossacks ride horses through the streets on December 8, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine. Thousands of people have been protesting against the government since a decision by Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych to suspend a trade and partnership agreement with the European Union in favor of incentives from Russia. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
A teenager waves a national flag over a crowd of Pro-European Union activists gathered during a rally in the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Over 200,000 angry Ukrainians occupied a central Kiev square on Sunday, to denounce President Viktor Yanukovychs decision to turn away from Europe and align this ex-Soviet republic with Russia, as massive protests continued for a third week. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
KIEV, UKRAINE - DECEMBER 8: Anti-government protesters camp on Independence Square early in the morning on December 8, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine. Thousands of people have been protesting against the government since a decision by Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych to suspend a trade and partnership agreement with the European Union in favor of incentives from Russia. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - DECEMBER 8: Anti-government protesters eat breakfast inside the occupied International Centre of Culture and Arts on December 8, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine. Thousands of people have been protesting against the government since a decision by Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych to suspend a trade and partnership agreement with the European Union in favor of incentives from Russia. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - DECEMBER 7: Anti-government protesters sleep on the floor of the occupied Kiev City Hall on December 7, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine. Thousands of people have been protesting against the government since a decision by Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych to suspend a trade and partnership agreement with the European Union in favor of incentives from Russia. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
A protester uses a chain as he and others clash with police outside of the presidential administration building in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
Protesters clash with police at Presidential office in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. As many as 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine's capital on Sunday, defying a government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over the president's refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Ukrainian opponents of European integration with the European Union attend an action "Solemn funeral of Association with the EU" in support of the decision of President Viktor Yanukovych not sign agreements with the EU in the center of Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Ukrainian police officers wear gas masks as they surround the Independence square during an opposition rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
Ukrainian opponents of European integration with the European Union attend an action "Solemn funeral of Association with the EU" in support of the decision of President Viktor Yanukovych not sign agreements with the EU in the center of Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
An unidentified Ukrainian man talks to police officers as they surround the Independence square wearing gas masks during an opposition rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
An unidentified Ukrainian man talks to police officers as they surround the Independence square wearing gas masks during an opposition rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
Ukrainian riot police officers detain an activist during a rally demanding the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych, at the Independence Square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Ukrainian riot police officers detain an activist during a rally demanding the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych, at the Independence Square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Injured protesters look for medical help in ambulance after Ukrainian riot police broke up a rally demanding the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych, at the Independence Square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Ukrainian riot police officers seal off the Independence Square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Ukrainian riot police officers detain a protester as they break up a rally at the Independence Square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. The riot police used tear gas when they dispersed the crowd of about 400 protesters who were demanding the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych, demonstrators said. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)
Ukrainian riot police cordon off the Independence Square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.
An Ukrainian orthodox priest points as police officers guard the Independence Square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Ukrainian riot police push people to an underground crossing after dispersing a rally at the Independence Square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Ukrainian Interior ministry soldiers guard the Independence Square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Demonstrators gather during a rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
Demonstrators gather during a rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. As many as 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine's capital on Sunday, defying a government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over the president's refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Demonstrators gather during a rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. As many as 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine's capital on Sunday, defying a government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over the president's refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Demonstrators gather during a rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
Demonstrators gather during a rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
Demonstrators gather during a rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
Smoke engulfs protesters and police as they clash outside the presidential office in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. As many as 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine's capital on Sunday, defying a government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over the president's refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Protesters clash with police at Presidential office in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. As many as 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine's capital on Sunday, defying a government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over the president's refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Protesters clash with police at the presidential office in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
Injured protesters receive medical help in ambulance after Ukrainian riot police broke up a rally demanding the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych, at the Independence Square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Ukrainian protesters gather over barrels with bonfires to warm themselves at the Independence Square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov.
Demonstrators gather during a rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

Police have stormed a protest camp in the Ukrainian capital, clashing with protesters as they tried to dismantle barricades.

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