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Police, protesters wage 'war' in deadly Kiev clashes

Anti-government protesters clash with the police during their storming of Independence Square in Kiev on February 18, 2014Riot police launched a fresh assault on protesters in central Kiev early Wednesday, escalating a bloody standoff that has already left at least 16 people dead in a dramatic turning point for Ukraine's three-month political crisis. A volley of tear gas rained down on protesters and more tents went up in flames as riot squads took up position around a monument in the centre of Independence Square shortly after 4:00am (0200 GMT).