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• Brutality won't save Ukraine's President by Alexander Moty


Brutality won't save Ukraine's President
by Alexander Motyl - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014

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Protesters gather in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Friday, February 21.
Ukraine's President and opposition leaders agreed Friday to a deal meant to end
the country's political crisis and end the fighting that has left Independence
Square a war zone.

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A protester aims a gun in the direction of suspected sniper fire in Kiev,
Ukraine, on Thursday, February 20. Violence intensified this past week
in Independence Square, which has been the center of anti-government
protests for the past few months.

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Police use water cannons against protesters in Kiev on February 20. Thousands
of anti-government demonstrators have packed Independence Square since
November, when President Viktor Yanukovych reversed a decision on a trade
deal with the European Union and instead turned toward Russia.

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An injured protester is carried away from Independence
Square on a stretcher February 20.

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A protester gives directions before throwing Molotov cocktails
on the outskirts of Independence Square on February 20

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Captured police officers are led away by protesters
in Kiev on February 20.

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A woman on February 20 mourns over protesters who were killed during clashes.

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Protesters rebuild barricades in Independence Square on February 20.

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Riot police face protesters in Kiev on February 20.

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Protesters man a barricade on the outskirts of Independence Square on February 20.

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Activists pay their respects to protesters who were killed in
clashes with police in Independence Square on February 20

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An injured protester is evacuated from Independence Square on February 20.

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A priest walks with a cross and shield during clashes in central Kiev on February 20.

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Medics embrace in the lobby of the Hotel Ukraine on February 20.

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A high-ranking police officer, left, and a representative for the protesters
speak with each other near the Cabinet of Ministers
in Kiev on February 20.

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Protesters light Molotov cocktails in Kiev on February 20.

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Activists reinforce the barricades in Kiev on February 20.

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Protesters clash with police in Independence Square on February 20.

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Protesters move up an embankment in Kiev on February 20.

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An injured demonstrator is carried away from Independence Square on February 20.

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A protester shouts during clashes with police on February 20.

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Protesters run from a burning barricade in Kiev on February 20.

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A protester rolls a tire toward burning barricades on February 20.

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Protesters advance to new positions in Kiev on February 20

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Fireworks explode over protesters near Independence Square on February 20.

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A protester holds a crucifix as he prays in Independence Square on February 20.

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Fireworks explode over protesters in Independence Square on Wednesday, February 19.

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A protester throws a Molotov cocktail in Kiev on February 19.

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Protesters clash with police in Independence Square on February 19.

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Protesters use a compressed air cannon to launch a Molotov
cocktail toward police lines in Independence Square on February 19.

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A protester hurls a Molotov cocktail toward police on February 19.

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Police take cover behind shields as fireworks go off in Kiev on February 19.

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Protesters prepare a barricade in Independence Square on February 19.

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Police form a barrier in Independence Square on February 19.

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Protesters throw rocks at riot police in Independence Square on February 19.

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Independence Square smolders during protests on February 19.

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A protester throws a cobblestone at riot police during clashes in Independence Square on February 19.

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Riot police officers rest against a column in Independence Square on February 19.

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An injured protester is moved out during clashes with riot police in Kiev on February 19.

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A protester uses a slingshot to throw a rock at riot police February 19 in Kiev.

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put on gas masks near the perimeter of Independence Square on February 19

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Protesters protect themselves with shields as they clash with police in Kiev on February 19.

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Protesters sleep on the floor inside a Kiev monastery on February 19.

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A protester rushes through a broken door in the regional prosecutor's office
in Lviv, Ukraine, on February 19. Police said the unrest has spread to
western Ukraine, with protesters attacking police and local
government offices in a number of regions.

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Protesters in Lviv burn papers from a government building on February 19.

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A protester aims a weapon in Kiev on Tuesday, February 18.

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A protester runs during clashes with police in Kiev on February 18.

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Violence between police and protesters escalates February 18 in Kiev.

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Protesters burn a car in central Kiev on February 18.

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A protester stands atop a barricade in Kiev on February 18.

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Protesters clash with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev on February 18.

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A rainbow forms over a protester ducking for cover in Kiev on February 18.

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Riot police protect themselves during clashes in Kiev on February 18.

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A protester is engulfed in flames while running from the clashes in Kiev on February 18.

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Riot police detain a protester in Kiev on February 18.

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Protesters invade the main office of the ruling Party of Regions in Kiev on February 18.

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Riot police shield themselves during clashes with protesters on February 18.

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Protesters throw stones toward riot police in Kiev on February 18.