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A riot policeman watches as a sniper fires from a fortified position in the direction of protesters. Reuters

A riot policeman watches as a sniper fires from a fortified position in the direction of protesters. Reuters

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An anti-government protester takes cover from suspected sniper fire near the Hotel Ukraine

An anti-government protester takes cover from suspected sniper fire near the Hotel Ukraine

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Anti-government protesters run with an injured man on a stretcher in Independence Square

Anti-government protesters run with an injured man on a stretcher in Independence Square

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A riot policeman watches as a sniper fires from a fortified position in the direction of protesters. Reuters

For a moment, the white blanket serving as a shroud fell back, revealing the dead man's frozen face and a crimson bullet wound on the left side of his head.

A single round penetrating above the ear had killed this Ukrainian protester, who looked to be in his 20s. His corpse lay beside those of six of his comrades under the awning of a café in the heart of Kiev yesterday.

"It was a sniper," said Dr Vasyl Lukach as he stood beside the bodies, placed carefully in two rows.

"They all have one or two bullets each in the head or in the neck. It was a professional."

Like many other medical personnel, Dr Lukach has volunteered to care for the protesters massed in Independence Square. As he spoke, an eighth corpse arrived on a green stretcher, followed closely by a ninth.

Both were shrouded in blankets, but as the last body was laid down, the cover slipped to reveal another pale face with mouth agape – and the matted blood of a telltale head wound. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent