|There have been sporadic clashes through the day, as BBC's Duncan Crawford reports.|
|Putin says it's time for a police state in Kiev, and Ukraine president says sir, yes, sir!|
|Protesters momentarily get the upper hand.|
|Mind your own business, America!|
|FEMEN activist/topless protester for Kiev|
|Ukraine is "going West," joining European Economic Union over Russia (femen.org)|
|F you, dictator Putin (femen.org/en)|
|Ukrainian protest fires burn in capital of Kiev after police kill protesters (BBC)|
|You don't talk like that, young lady!|
Pussy Riot beaten and whipped in Sochi
Feb. 19, 2014)
|Pussy Riot in Sochi in balacavas (latimes.com)|
|Senator McCain meddling for US|
Cossacks, an equestrian-focused rural Russian culture, have re-emerged as a symbol of conservative and militaristic values during Putin's presidency [a.k.a. dictatorship]. More
Deadliest Day in Ukraine Protests
Victoria Butenko and Carol J. Williams (latimes.com, Feb. 18, 2014)
|Hundreds of thousands of protesters in streets|
[Paramilitary police attacked] demonstrators and later stormed their encampment at Kiev's Independence Square, the Maidan, local and international media reported.
Live television coverage carried by the Russia-24 news channel and nine live-streaming video cameras at the protest site and relayed by Ukrainian opposition broadcasters showed fiery explosions illuminating the grimy tent city in the capital after demonstrators ignored a [threat] from police to clear the square.
|Ukrainians see their president as "traitor"|
Clouds of smoke from fires and tear gas could be seen wafting over the chaotic scene, eerily backlit with an orange glow from the multitude of blasts, burning sandbags, and smoldering debris.
|Protest action in Moscow (Denis Bochkarev)|
But thousands of protesters remained in the square despite the caustic gas engulfing the nerve center of the uprising against President Viktor Yanukovich. More
(Los Angeles Times)
At least two dead as Ukraine protests rage: The crowd, many wearing helmets and brandishing homemade shields and wooden sticks, responded with a roar.
Ukraine uprising erupts in killings, arson, raids
He also accused two top U.S. diplomats -- Victoria Nuland, who oversees European affairs at the State Department... before Tuesday's violent eruption.
...oppose the revolution spreading like wildfire across the country," he said. "We can take any ministry, any court, any agency in Kiev today, and no one can prevent us."
...year driver from the town of Obukhov near Kiev, said as [he] set fire to a piece of cloth in the neck of a beer bottle that was flung toward the police a second later.
...ground floor of the Agriculture Ministry next to Independence Square [Maidan] and captured the building, the UNIAN information agency reported.