UKRAINE, Kiev : A woman walks on Kiev’s Independence square on February 27, 2014. Deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych the same day said he still considers himself to be Ukraine’s head of state but asked Russia to ensure his personal security. “I still consider myself to be the legal head of the Ukrainian state,” said Yanukovych in a statement to Russian news agencies, his first comments since February 22. “I am compelled to ask the Russian Federation to ensure my personal security from the actions of extremists,” he said, adding that the latest decisions by the Ukrainian parliament “do not have legitimate character.” AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, Bangui : Republic of Congo policemen shoot at anti-Balaka forces at a road block in Bangui’s Combattant neighbourhood, Central African Republic, on February 19, 2014. Heavy gunfire and explosions from rockets and grenades erupted on February 19 at the airport in the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui where protesters have erected barricades against international forces based there, an AFP correspondent said. Bullets whistled past French soldiers guarding the main entrance to the airport, the correspondent said. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
Scenes from clashes in Kyiv, Ukraine earlier today.
At least 9 people have already been killed in the violence.
Police began their assault on protesters as night fell, reportedly using tear gas and water canons to try to clear the protest camps.
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