Protesters catch fire as they stand behind burning barricades during clashes with police on February 20, 2014 in Kiev. Ukraine’s embattled leader announced a “truce” with the opposition as he prepared to get grilled by visiting EU diplomats over clashes that killed 26 and left the government facing diplomatic isolation. The shocking scale of the violence three months into the crisis brought expressions of grave concern from the West and condemnation of an “attempted coup” by the Kremlin.
Editor’s Note: Police launched a raid on Independence Square at 8 p.m. on Feb. 18 .The Feb. 18-19 clashes killed at least 26 persons, including 10 police officers, and injured more than 1,000 people. Fighting resumed on Feb. 20 with at least 42 people killed.