Truly haunting images are emerging from Ukraine, as the chaos in the capital, Kiev, rages on.
Images of elderly women defiantly standing in front of a blurred mass of riot police showcase a strange poignancy amidst the violence.
Despite appeals for calm by opposition leaders, stark pictures of molotov wielding protesters show that the clashes are far from over.
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Helmeted riot police moved in on hundreds of protesters Wednesday afternoon, as Ukraine's prime minister takes a hard line against demonstrators flouting anti-protest laws.
The violence is likely to drastically escalate Ukraine's two month-long period of tension.
Here, we took our pick of some of the most striking images to emerge from the political crisis: