Photo Essay

  • Anti-government protesters warm themselves at a fire near a barricade early morning in Kiev on Jan. 31, 2014.
  • Tents of anti-government protesters are seen at Independence Square in central Kiev on Jan. 31, 2014.
  • An anti-government protester, standing on a barricade, surveys a cordon of riot police as temperatures stand at minus -4 degrees Fahrenheit in Kiev, on Jan. 31, 2014.
  • A women urges policemen not to not to use force against protesters on Grushevskogo Street on January 30, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.
  • Anti-government protesters huddle under blankets as temperatures stand to -4 degrees Fahrenheit at a barricade near Independence Square in Kiev, on Jan. 30, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has gone on sick leave with a respiratory ailment, his website said on Thursday, with the issue of a new prime minister still undecided.
  • Anti-government protesters stand at a road block in Kiev on Jan. 30, 2014.
  • Opposition protesters train with shields reading "Father I am trying" (implying "I am trying to do my best") in the center of Kiev on Jan.30, 2014.
  • An anti-government protester uses a pair of binoculars at a barricade near Independence Square in Kiev, Jan. 30, 2014.
  • Ukrainian opposition leader Vitaliy Klitschko (center) speaks with his fraction members before a voting during a session of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, on January 29, 2014.
  • A young woman stands at a road block in Kiev on Jan. 27, 2014. A Ukrainian government minister warned protesters that a state of emergency could be imposed to deal with the country's deadly crisis, after radicals seized the justice ministry in Kiev.
  • People walk past broken glass doors at Ukrainian House, which was taken over by anti-government protesters on Jan. 26, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After two months of primarily peaceful anti-government protests in the city center, new laws meant to end the protest movement have sparked violent clashes in recent days.
  • People seen inside the lobby of Ukrainian House, which was taken over by anti-government protesters on Jan. 26, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After two months of primarily peaceful anti-government protests in the city center, new laws meant to end the protest movement have sparked violent clashes in recent days.
  • Ukrainians stand near the coffin of Mikhail Zhiznevsky, killed in unclear circumstances during anti-government protests, during a funeral service in the Mikhailovskiy cathedral in Kiev on Jan. 26, 2014. The Ukrainian opposition called for more negotiations with the government, just hours after rebuffing an invitation to join the administration. Ukraine has seen violent protests since November, led by pro-Europe activists angry President Yanukovych had decided against an association agreement with the European Union in favor of closer relations with Russia.
  • A woman weeps as a casket containing the body of Mikhail Zhiznevsky, 25, an anti-government protester who was killed in clashes with police, is carried past on Jan. 26, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After two months of primarily peaceful anti-government protests in the city center, new laws meant to end the protest movement have sparked violent clashes in recent days.
  • An anti-government protester carries a tire at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev on Jan. 26, 2014. Police clashed with protesters who blockaded a building in central Kiev on Sunday and the fate of Ukraine's government was uncertain after embattled President Viktor Yanukovich offered opposition leaders key posts.
  • A protester walks near burning tires following clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine on Jan. 25, 2014. Ukraine's Interior Ministry has accused protesters in Kiev of capturing two of its officers as violent clashes have resumed in the capital and anti-government riots spread across Ukraine.
  • Anti-government protesters are seen through a burnt vehicle at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev on Jan. 25, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, in what appeared to be an offer of concessions to the opposition amid violent protests against his rule, pledged on Friday to reshuffle the government next week and to amend sweeping anti-protest laws.
  • Protesters clash with police in central Kiev on Jan. 25, 2014. As riots spread from Ukraine's embattled capital to nearly half of the country, President Viktor Yanukovych promised Friday to reshuffle his government and make other concessions - but a top opposition leader said nothing short of his resignation would do. Hours after the president's comments, huge fireballs lit up the night sky in central Kiev and plumes of thick black smoke rose from burning tires at giant barricades erected by protesters.
  • A protester throws a tire onto a fire during clashes with police in central Kiev early Jan. 25, 2014. As riots spread from Ukraine's embattled capital to nearly half of the country, President Viktor Yanukovych promised Friday to reshuffle his government and make other concessions - but a top opposition leader said nothing short of his resignation would do. Hours after the president's comments, huge fireballs lit up the night sky in central Kiev and plumes of thick black smoke rose from burning tires at giant barricades erected by protesters.
  • A protester throws a Molotov cocktail onto a fire during clashes with police in central Kiev early Jan. 25, 2014. As riots spread from Ukraine's embattled capital to nearly half of the country, President Viktor Yanukovych promised Friday to reshuffle his government and make other concessions - but a top opposition leader said nothing short of his resignation would do. Hours after the president's comments, huge fireballs lit up the night sky in central Kiev and plumes of thick black smoke rose from burning tires at giant barricades erected by protesters.
  • Anti-government protesters gather at a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev, early Jan. 25, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, in what appeared to be an offer of concessions to the opposition amid violent protests against his rule, pledged on Friday to reshuffle the government next week and to amend sweeping anti-protest laws.
  • An anti-government protester throws a tire on a fire at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev on Jan. 25, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, in what appeared to be an offer of concessions to the opposition amid violent protests against his rule, pledged on Friday to reshuffle the government next week and to amend sweeping anti-protest laws.
  • Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-European Union activists and police lines in central Kiev early Jan. 24, 2014. A top Ukrainian opposition leader on Thursday urged protesters to maintain a shaky cease-fire with police after at least two demonstrators were killed in clashes this week, but some in the crowd appeared defiant, jeering and chanting "revolution" and "shame."
  • An anti-government protester is seen at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev on Jan. 24, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, in what appeared to be an offer of concessions to the opposition amid violent protests against his rule, pledged on Friday to reshuffle the government next week and to amend sweeping anti-protest laws.
  • Anti-government protesters are seen at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev Jan. 24, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, in what appeared to be an offer of concessions to the opposition amid violent protests against his rule, pledged on Friday to reshuffle the government next week and to amend sweeping anti-protest laws.
  • Anti-government protesters gather outside the regional administration headquarters as they attempt to take over during a rally, with Interior Ministry members standing guard inside the building, in the town of Chernivtsi in southwestern Ukraine on Jan. 24, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, in what appeared to be an offer of concessions to the opposition amid violent protests against his rule, pledged on Friday to reshuffle the government next week and to amend sweeping anti-protest laws. Thousands stormed regional administration headquarters in Lviv, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk and Khmelnytsky in western and central Ukraine, as well as parts of the northeast, the Party of the Regions said.
  • Protesters clash with police in central Kiev on Jan. 22, 2014. Three people have died in clashes between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital Wednesday, according to medics on site, in a development that will likely escalate Ukraine's two month-long political crisis. The mass protests in the capital of Kiev erupted after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spurned a pact with the European Union in favor of close ties with Russia, which offered him a $15 billion bailout.
  • Opposition leader and former WBC heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, center, addresses protesters near the burning barricades between police and protesters in central Kiev, Ukraine on Jan. 23, 2014. Klitschko dove behind the wall of black smoke engulfing much of downtown Kiev on Thursday, pleading with both police and protesters to uphold the peace until the ultimatum, demanding that Yanukovych dismiss the government, call early elections and scrap harsh anti-protest legislation that triggered the violence.
  • A protester points a handgun during a clash with police in central Kiev on Jan. 22, 2014. Three people have died in clashes between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital Wednesday, according to medics on the site, in a development that will likely escalate Ukraine's two month-long political crisis. The mass protests in the capital of Kiev erupted after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spurned a pact with the European Union in favor of close ties with Russia, which offered him a $15 billion bailout.
  • Police prepare to clash with protesters in central Kiev on Jan. 22, 2014. Three people have died in clashes between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital Wednesday, according to medics on the site, in a development that will likely escalate Ukraine's two month-long political crisis. The mass protests in the capital of Kiev erupted after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spurned a pact with the European Union in favor of close ties with Russia, which offered him a $15 billion bailout.
  • An aerial view shows riot police standing in formation as tires set ablaze by pro-European protesters burn during clashes in Kiev on Jan. 22, 2014. Ukraine's prime minister denounced anti-government protesters as "terrorists" on Wednesday, but in what appeared to be his first real move to end weeks of unrest President Viktor Yanukovich held talks with opposition leaders.
  • Riot police officers gather as they clash with protestors in the center of Kiev on Jan. 22, 2014. Ukrainian police today stormed protesters' barricades in Kiev as violent clashes erupted and activists said that one person had been shot dead by the security forces. Total of two activists shot dead during clashing. The move by police increased tensions to a new peak after two months of protests over President Viktor Yanukovych's failure to sign a deal for closer ties with the EU.
  • Riot police and Interior Ministry members gather near burnt vehicles during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev on Jan. 22, 2014. Ukraine opposition leaders said on Wednesday there had been no concrete results from their talks with President Viktor Yanukovich to end weeks of street unrest and they called on protesters to prepare for a police offensive against them.
  • A Ukrainian man stands in front of the riot police during the on-going anti-government protests in central Kiev, Ukraine on Jan. 22, 2014.
  • A police officer aims his shotgun during clashes with protesters in central Kiev, Ukraine on Jan. 22, 2014. Three people have died in clashes between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital Wednesday, according to medics on the site, in a development that will likely escalate Ukraine's two month-long political crisis. The mass protests in the capital of Kiev erupted after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spurned a pact with the European Union in favor of close ties with Russia, which offered him a $15 billion bailout.
  • A demonstrator holds a chain and riot police shield during clashes between protestors and police in the center of Kiev on Jan. 22, 2014. At least two activists were shot dead today as Ukrainian police stormed protesters' barricades in Kiev, the first fatalities in two months of anti-government protests. Pitched battles raged in the centre of the Ukrainian capital as protesters hurled stones at police and the security forces responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.
  • Protestors throw molotov cocktails as they clash with riot police on the streets of Hrushevskoho after two protesters were confirmed dead after three consecutive nights of clashes on Jan. 22, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. They are the first fatalities since anti-government protests began in November.
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Protests continue in Kiev

By msnbc staff

Protesters remained in the central square in Kiev on Friday with no clear resolution in sight for the unrest between the government and opposition forces.

In an effort to quell the violence, President Yanukovich made additional concessions to the opposition, including the repeal of sweeping anti-protest laws, the dismissal of the government, and amnesty for all protesters detained in the past two months of unrest. But doubts remain that these concessions will do much to satisfy the protestors, who continue to demand that Yanukovich resign.

Protests turned violent last week when a series of repressive laws was passed that imposed tight controls on the media and criminalized the largely peaceful protests of the previous two months. The unrest was sparked by Yakunovich’s decision to forego closer trade relations with the European Union, aligning the country closer to President Vladimir Putin’s Russia.