Nine Shocking Photos from Violent Protests in Ukraine

Mounting violent street protests in Ukraine over the perennial conflict between the Russian-oriented east and the West-looking west have garnered little attention to date in the US media. Here are amazing, hellish photos from what’s happening on the ground today into the evening.

Protesters clash with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

Protesters clash with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

A protester points a handgun during a clash with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

Protesters with shields stand in front of police officers as they block a street during clashes in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (Darko Vojinovic/AP)

Opposition supporter wearing a mask stands on a roof with police lines in the background in central Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (Sergei Grits/AP)

Tires burn in the street, set alight by protesters in clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (Sergei Grits/AP)

A protester throws a Molotov cocktail during clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

A Ukrainian protester gives pieces of the statue of Vladimir Lenin to people gathering around after toppling it, in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (Ivan Sekretarev/AP)

A police officer uses a shotgun during clashes in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (Sergei Grits/AP)

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