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February 24, 2014

Ukraine: Up close

The details of a scene can be just as revealing as a more comprehensive image. The carnation sticking out of the bricks from the barricade, a priestís bandaged hand holding a crucifix, the anti-Yanukovich sticker on a burnt-out bus. The faces that photographers have focused on over the last several weeks are equally revealing. Rage, fear and pain are just some of the emotions registered on the faces of those involved --Thea Breite (17 photos total)

An anti-government protester stands watch at front-line barricades near Independence Square, on February 20, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between anti-government protesters and police, with dozens killed. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

A priest holds a crucifix at a barricade in Kiev February 21, 2014. Violence flared again in Kiev on Friday as Ukraine's opposition politicians pondered a draft deal with Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich. (Baz Ratner/Reuters) #

A protestor stands near barricades during clashes with riot police in central Kiev on February 20. At least 25 protesters were killed on February 20 in fresh clashes between thousands of demonstrators and heavily armed riot police. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #

A paramedic looks at the identification document of a killed anti-government protester, in central Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. A brief truce in Ukraine's embattled capital failed Thursday, spiraling into fierce clashes between police and anti-government protesters. (Darko Bandic/AP) #

An anti-government protester mans a barricade in Kiev February 21, 2014. Violence flared again in Kiev on Friday as Ukraine's opposition politicians pondered a draft deal with Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich. (David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters) #

Anti-government protestors in Kiev beat an alleged sniper and member of the pro-government forces on February 22, 2014. The regime of Ukraine's president appeared close to collapse on February 22 as the emboldened opposition took control of central Kiev and key government and parliament positions and voted to immediately free its jailed leader Yulia Tymoshenko. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man attends a funeral service for two anti-government protesters who were killed after days of violence in Kiev February 22, 2014. Protesters seized the Kiev office of President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday and the opposition demanded a new election be held by May, as the pro-Russian leader's grip on power rapidly eroded following bloodshed in the capital. (Baz Ratner/Reuters) #

An anti-government protester waits outside the parliament building in Kiev on February 22, 2014. Ukraine's parliament on February 22 voted to hold early presidential elections on May 25, passing a resolution stating that Viktor Yanukovych had failed to properly fulfill his duties as president. The resolution said that Yanukovych "is removing himself (from power) because he is not fulfilling his obligations, and (that parliament) is setting elections for May 25." (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #

Anti-government protesters stand guard in front of the parliament building in Kiev on February 22, 2014. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #

Jaroslaw Seleznov, a protester from the Ukraine who was injured during clashes on in Kiev's Independence Square, is in a hospital room in Warsaw, Poland, 22 February 2014. Ukraine's Health Ministry said that the unrest in Kiev had claimed at least 77 lives since 18 February. Protest leaders put the death toll higher and doctors affiliated with the opposition said more than 100 people died in clashes on 20 February. (Radek Pietruszka/EPA) #

Flowers are left at a barricade in memory of anti-government protesters killed in recent clashes in central Kiev February 22, 2014. Ukraine's parliament voted on Saturday to remove President Viktor Yanukovich, who abandoned his Kiev office to protesters and denounced what he described as a coup after a week of fighting in the streets of the capital. (Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters) #

An anti-government protester in the Independence Square in Kiev on February 22, 2014. Protesters seized the Kiev office of President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday and the opposition demanded a new election be held by May, as the pro-Russian leader's grip on power rapidly eroded following bloodshed in the capital. (Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters) #

A carnation is placed by mourners onto a barricade in Kiev's Independent Square February 24, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, ousted after bloody street protests in which demonstrators were shot by police snipers, is wanted for mass murder, authorities announced on Monday. (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters) #

Gas masks from opposition supporters are seen next to a barricade in Kiev's Independence Square Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Ukraine's acting government issued a warrant Monday for the arrest of President Viktor Yanukovych, last reportedly seen in the pro-Russian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, accusing him of mass crimes against protesters who stood up for months against his rule. (Emilio Morenatti/AP) #

Flowers and a portrait of a dead anti-government protester lay on a barricade in central Kiev on February 24, 2014. (Louisa Gouliamamaki/AFP/Getty Images) #

A bathroom at the Mezhyhirya, the private residence of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, near Kiev on February 24, 2014. Crowds of protesters journalists and ordinary citizens entered his incredibly luxurious compound . Besides his huge mansion, the president had his own private zoo, golf course, helipad, and a massive boat. #

An anti-Yanukovich sticker is on a burnt truck near the house of parliament in Kiev February 24, 2014. (Baz Ratner/Reuters) #

 
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