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


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


Photo Credit: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

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


Photo Credit: AP

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


Photo Credit: AP

This protester is wearing medieval armour for protection.


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


Photo Credit: Ilya Varlamov

No bow? Use a makeshift slingshot.


Women are hitting sheets of metal to provide morale.


Photo Credit: Thomas Peters/Reuters

A bodyguard is protecting this medic.


Photo Credit: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

These women help by making Molotov cocktails.

The Weapons

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


Photo Credit: Vasily Maximov/AFP

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


Photo Credit: Ilya Varlamov

Creative protesters use fireworks to stun police.


Photo Credit: Ilya Varlamov

Barricades like this one can be found all around Kiev.



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


Photo Credit: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

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

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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.