AP PHOTOS: Clashes set Kiev square aflame

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Monuments to Kiev's founders burn as anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Thousands of police armed with stun grenades and water cannons attacked the large opposition camp in Ukraine's capital on Tuesday that has been the center of nearly three months of anti-government protests after at least nine people were killed in street clashes. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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Anti-government protesters in the Ukrainian capital fought back Tuesday with rocks, bats and fire bombs against police trying to clear their tent camp in Kiev's Independence Square.

Flames from burning barricades licked the night sky as police fired stun grenades and water cannons to push away protesters. At least 18 people died in the clashes, and hundreds were injured.

The battle in the square follows months of protests, most recently over whether President Viktor Yanukovych is honoring their demands or dragging his feet on constitutional reforms that would limit his powers.

Here's a gallery of images from today's ongoing clashes.

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