Protests intensify in Kiev

Opposition groups in Ukraine have called for a snap election as they continue to increase pressure on the government. Protests in the capital, Kiev, have intensified as battle lines are drawn between campaigners and government forces, with activists also taking over municipal buildings in other parts of the country where president Viktor Yanukovych has enjoyed strong support.
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Anti-government protesters look towards police lines from a wall of tyres on Grushevskogo Street on January 27, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Unrest is spreading across Ukraine, with activists taking over municipal buildings in several towns and cities including the east of the country where President Viktor Yanukovych has enjoyed strong support. (Getty Images)
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Ukrainian policemen block Grushevskogo Street on January 27, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Unrest is spreading across Ukraine, with activists taking over municipal buildings in several towns and cities including the east of the country where President Viktor Yanukovych has enjoyed strong support. (Getty Images)
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Anti-government protesters take part in a training exercise in Independence Square on January 27, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Unrest is spreading across Ukraine, with activists taking over municipal buildings in several towns and cities including the east of the country where President Viktor Yanukovych has enjoyed strong support. (Getty Images)
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Anti-government protesters fill bags with snow on Grushevskogo Street on January 27, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine. Unrest is spreading across Ukraine, with activists taking over municipal buildings in several towns and cities including the east of the country where President Viktor Yanukovych has enjoyed strong support. (Getty Images)
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Anti-government protesters take part in a training exercise in Independence Square on January 27, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Unrest is spreading across Ukraine, with activists taking over municipal buildings in several towns and cities including the east of the country where President Viktor Yanukovych has enjoyed strong support. (Getty Images)
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Ruslana Lyzhychko, the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest winner, sings the Ukrainian national anthem on Grushevskogo Street on January 27, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine. Unrest is spreading across Ukraine, with activists taking over municipal buildings in several towns and cities including the east of the country where President Viktor Yanukovych has enjoyed strong support. (Getty Images)
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Anti-government protesters take part in a training exercise in Independence Square on January 27, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine. Unrest is spreading across Ukraine, with activists taking over municipal buildings in several towns and cities including the east of the country where President Viktor Yanukovych has enjoyed strong support. (Getty Images)
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Ukrainian policemen block Grushevskogo Street journalists on January 27, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine. Unrest is spreading across Ukraine, with activists taking over municipal buildings in several towns and cities including the east of the country where President Viktor Yanukovych has enjoyed strong support. (Getty Images)
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A general view of Independence Square on January 27, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine. Unrest is spreading across Ukraine, with activists taking over municipal buildings in several towns and cities including the east of the country where President Viktor Yanukovych has enjoyed strong support. (Getty Images)
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People gather in Independence Square on January 27, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine. Unrest is spreading across Ukraine, with activists taking over municipal buildings in several towns and cities including the east of the country where President Viktor Yanukovych has enjoyed strong support. (Getty Images)