Photos from Ukraine

“Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass riot”

Nearly two months ago, cell phone users near the violent clashes in Kiev, Ukraine, received these warnings. Here is a look at how protesters have fought back against the government.

Location: Kiev, Ukraine

Photo Credit: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images

Independence Square on December 8, 2013, before violent protests began. This was the March of Millions in Kiev, capital of Ukraine.

The People

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During the riots, people were arming themselves with whatever they could. Here, protesters are using wooden shields and one even has a mace.

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Photo Credit: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Protesters protecting themselves using homemade shields with crosses painted on them.

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Photo Credit: AP

Here, a protester uses a hockey helmet to protect the head.

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Photo Credit: AP

This protester is wearing medieval armour for protection.

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This protester is wearing a hardhat while using a bow and arrows.

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Photo Credit: Ilya Varlamov

No bow? Use a makeshift slingshot.

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Women are hitting sheets of metal to provide morale.

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Photo Credit: Thomas Peters/Reuters

A bodyguard is protecting this medic.

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Photo Credit: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

These women help by making Molotov cocktails.

The Weapons

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Molotov cocktails contain a flammable substance. These ones are using rags as wicks.

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Photo Credit: Vasily Maximov/AFP

Along with medieval armour and bows and arrows, protesters built a trebuchet.

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Photo Credit: Ilya Varlamov

Creative protesters use fireworks to stun police.

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Photo Credit: Ilya Varlamov

Barricades like this one can be found all around Kiev.

Aftermath

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Photo Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The four founders of Kiev look on as their city is set on fire.

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Photo Credit: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

This is Independence Square on February 20, 2014, 3 months after the March of Millions.

For more:

*Click here for before and after photos of Kiev.

*Attend BARtalk #11 to find out more about what is happening in Ukraine right now.

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Alice Gu is a second-year science student. She hopes to share some of the fascinating events developing in the world around us.

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