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Friday 29 August 2014

15 'dead in latest clashes in Kiev as fresh violence erupts

Published 20/02/2014 | 09:18

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ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH - An Orthodox priest holds a cross as dead bodies are seen on the ground following violence in Independence Square in Kiev February 20, 2014. Ukrainian protesters hurling petrol bombs and paving stones drove riot police from the central square in Kiev on Thursday despite a "truce" which embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said he had agreed with opposition leaders.   REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin (UKRAINE  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TEMPLATE OUT.
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH - An Orthodox priest holds a cross as dead bodies are seen on the ground following violence in Independence Square in Kiev February 20, 2014. Ukrainian protesters hurling petrol bombs and paving stones drove riot police from the central square in Kiev on Thursday despite a "truce" which embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said he had agreed with opposition leaders. REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TEMPLATE OUT.
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY
Anti-government protesters carry injured and dead men after clashes with riot police in Independence Square in Kiev February 20, 2014. Ukrainian anti-government protesters on Thursday seized back control of Kiev's Independence Square, television pictures showed, after fresh clashes broke out there with riot police.   REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) TEMPLATE OUT
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY Anti-government protesters carry injured and dead men after clashes with riot police in Independence Square in Kiev February 20, 2014. Ukrainian anti-government protesters on Thursday seized back control of Kiev's Independence Square, television pictures showed, after fresh clashes broke out there with riot police. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) TEMPLATE OUT
Injured men receive medical assistance in Independence Square in Kiev February 20, 2014. Ukrainian anti-government protesters on Thursday seized back control of Kiev's Independence Square, television pictures showed, after fresh clashes broke out there with riot police.  REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
Injured men receive medical assistance in Independence Square in Kiev February 20, 2014. Ukrainian anti-government protesters on Thursday seized back control of Kiev's Independence Square, television pictures showed, after fresh clashes broke out there with riot police. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Fifteen bodies were lying on the ground covered by blankets on or near Kiev's Independence Square this, a Reuters photographer at the scene said.

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Photographer Vasily Fedosenko said he saw six bodies at the northwestern side of the square and then a few moments later saw a further four bodies about 100 metres away at the other side of the plaza.

They were all civilians, he said.

A short while later, he saw another five bodies in front of the hotel Ukraina, which stands on a hill and looks down on Independence Square.

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