Kiev War Zone (49 pictures)

The thousands gathered in Independence Square in Kiev are demonstrating against the strict restrictions on protesting enacted by the government last week, and a failed trade deal with Europe, which they say is evidence that the Ukrainian government seeks to align itself closer with Russia than the West.

The protests in Kiev that turned violent Sunday and raged throughout the week have their first official death toll, as CNN reports at least four dead from protester clashes with police. Hundreds more have been injured on both sides, with a reported 84 police officers hospitalized.

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