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    Posted February 20, 2014 by
    Kiev, Ukraine
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Ukraine unrest

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    Ukraine protesters clean charred city center


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     American Chris Collison has been working as an assisting editor for a small TV channel in Kiev, Ukraine, for the past two years. He has been documenting the protests through photographs and reports on his blog Leave The West Behind since the unrest began back in November. These photos were taken on February 19, 2014, in the late afternoon.
    - Verybecoming, CNN iReport producer

    Protesters in Ukraine's capital set to work removing charred debris from Kiev's central square after recapturing the area from police.


    The square, known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, was a black, smoldering mess on Thursday. Protests there had escalated in the days prior when police advanced and tried to take over the square, the site where protesters have been camped out for more than two months.


    Demonstrators carried fresh supplies into the encampment, rebuilding barricades and preparing for futher violence.


    Dozens more were reported dead throughout the day, with amateur video footage emerging showing protesters gunned down by what appeared to be police snipers.

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