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Ukraine's Independence Square: From Warzone, To A Sombre Shrine For The Fallen (PICTURES)

24/02/2014 10:29 GMT | Updated 24/02/2014 10:59 GMT

Once a bustling piazza, Kiev's independence square is no longer a battlefield, but a shrine to the fallen on the scorched earth.

The remnants of the charred barricades, piles of rocks and tyres, have been covered with flowers.

Mourners knelt by the makeshift monuments, some in tears, others clutching photographs or bouquets instead of the molotov cocktails protesters had held on the same spots just a few days before.

Official reports say 82 people were killed in severe clashes between opposition activists and riot police.

On Monday morning, the acting interior minister announced that Ukraine's ousted president Viktor Yanukovich is now actively wanted by police for mass murder.

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