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Kiev Is Burning: Protests In Ukraine Explode In Flames (PHOTOS)

01/22/2014 12:05 pm ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

Protests in the Ukrainian capital Kiev have exploded in flames as political unrest continues to escalate.

Clashes between demonstrators and police have left several protesters dead on Wednesday. The European Union called on both the country's government and opposition to quell violence and start a dialogue. "I strongly condemn the violent escalation of events in Kiev overnight leading to casualties. The reported deaths of several protesters are a source of extreme worry," EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement, according to Reuters.

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A protester throws a Molotov cocktail during clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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A protester prepares to throw a Molotov cocktail during clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman)

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Tires burn as police clash with protesters in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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A demonstrator throws a stone during clashes between protesters and police in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

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Tires burn during clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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A protester points a handgun during a clash with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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Protesters clash with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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A demonstrator throws an incendiary device as protestors clash with police in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

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Protesters clash with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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Protesters clash with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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