As Ukrainian President Agrees To Peace Talks, Kiev Burns [PHOTOS]

  @ericbrownzzz on January 23 2014 1:06 PM
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    A pro-European protester carries a tire to burn during clashes with riot police in Kiev, January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    Pro-European integration protesters burn tires at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev, January 23, 2014. Reuters
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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, January 23, 2014. Reuters
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    A pro-European integration protester carries tires at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev, January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    A pro-European integration protester throws stones towards riot police as others take cover in Kiev, January 23, 2014. Reuters
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    Pro-European protesters launch a pyrotechnic pistol towards riot police during clashes in Kiev January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    Pro-European integration protesters carry Molotov cocktails during clashes with police in Kiev January 20, 2014. Reuters
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    Smoke from burning tires set ablaze by pro-European protesters rises during clashes with riot police in Kiev, January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    A pro-European protester throws a burning tire during clashes with riot policemen in Kiev January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    A pro-European protester throws a Molotov cocktail towards riot police during clashes in Kiev January 22, 2014. Reuters
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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, January 23, 2014. Reuters
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    A pro-European protester wears a gas mask during street violence in Kiev, January 23, 2014. Reuters
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    Riot police officers take cover behind shields during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    Pro-European protesters throw tires into a fire during street violence in Kiev, January 23, 2014. Reuters
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    Interior Ministry members stand in formation in front of burning tires set ablaze by pro-European protesters during clashes in Kiev, January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    Riot police officers hold a man lying on the ground during clashes between police and pro-European protesters in Kiev January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    A man plays a musical instrument near burning tires set ablaze by pro-European protesters during clashes in Kiev, January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    A woman reacts as Interior Ministry members push pro-European protesters during a rally in Kiev January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    A man holds a Ukrainian flag as smoke rises in the background during clashes between police and pro-European protesters in Kiev January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    Riot police officers look out from an armored vehicle during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev, January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    A pro-European integration protester fires off fireworks towards riot police during clashes in Kiev, January 23, 2014. Reuters
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    A woman holds a wooden cross as riot policemen aim their weapons during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev, January 22, 2014. Reuters
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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, January 23, 2014. Reuters
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    An aerial view shows riot police and Interior Ministry members standing in formation as tires set ablaze by pro-European protesters burn during clashes in Kiev, January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    People walk near burning tires at the site of clashes of pro-European integration protesters with riot police in Kiev, January 23, 2014. Reuters
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    Riot police officers pose for a picture near burnt vehicles as smoke rises in the background during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev, January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    Pro-European integration protesters shoot using a big slingshot towards riot police in Kiev, January 23, 2014. Reuters
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    A pro-European protester holds a pneumatic gun during clashes with Ukrainian riot police in Kiev January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    A riot police officer looks out as his colleagues take cover behind shields during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    Riot police block a street, as stones used by pro-European integration protesters in recent demonstrations lie on the ground, in Kiev January 21, 2014. Reuters
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    Pro-European protesters gather during clashes with riot police in Kiev January 22, 2014. Reuters
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    A pro-European integration protester catches fire during clashes with police in Kiev, Jan. 20, 2014. Reuters
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    Riot police officers gather during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev January 22, 2014. Reuters
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has agreed to peace talks with the leaders of protesters who have called for his resignation. Champion-boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko and other protest leaders called for a 24-hour police truce until 8 p.m. local time, dependent on the outcome of the talks. Still, tensions remain high throughout Kiev following some of most violent protests in the city’s history.

Since November, pro-European liberals have protested the Yanukovich government, calling for early elections after Yanukovich rejected a free trade deal with the European Union. In recent days, the protests in Kiev have become increasingly violent. At least three protesters have been killed since the demonstrations began, two from gunshot wounds and another beaten to death. More than 150 police officers have also been injured in the protests.

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