Ukraine has declared a day of national mourning after 25 people were killed in the latest violence to hit the country.
Thousands of security forces continue their crackdown as protesters dig in for another day of confrontation.
Stunning images of violence, which haven’t been seen since the days of independence more than 20 years ago, are emerging from Kiev, the capital city. Many are worried about a bloody civil war.
Overnight, large sections of the protest camp in the heart of Kiev were ablaze.
“I think that today, after all this, people will rise up for real,” one protester said.
Some 10,000 government forces surrounded the demonstrators, eventually pressing in to seize control of about a third of Independence Square.
“It is really scary,” another protester said. “We can’t understand how the government can hate its people so much. But on the other hand, it is not scary here because when you come to Independence Square, it is obvious that people are united here and they are staying until the end.”