After a brief truce, Ukraine's embattled capital has descended into running battles on the streets that are almost medieval in nature.

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A bloody battle rages behind Kiev's monument to the city's foundersGetty

Harrowing footage shows a group of anti-government protesters being picked off by special force snipers while progressing through Kiev's Independence Square. As medics tried to attend to the victims, the snipers continued to fire at the group.

Heavy paving stones, firebombs and more were sent flying toward police.

Bodies of protesters have been moved into a hotel lobby serving a makeshift mortuary.

The latest street violence began when protesters attacked police lines and set fires outside parliament, accusing President Yanukovych of ignoring their demands to enact constitutional reforms that would limit his powers - a key opposition demand. Parliament, dominated by his supporters, was stalling on taking up a constitutional reform.

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A protester takes cover behind a makeshift shield as live ammunition is firedGetty
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A priest stands in the lobby of a hotel serving as a makeshift mortuary, near bodies of anti-government protestersReuters
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Corpses lie on the street after clashes between anti-government protesters and riot policeReuters
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An anti-government protester fires an improvised device during clashes with riot policeReuters
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An anti-government protester shouts for help for an injured man during clashes with riot policeReuters
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Anti-government protesters carry an injured man on a stretcherReuters
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An injured manis carried on a stretcher by anti-government protestersReuters
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Anti-government climb up a grass bank during clashes with riot policeReuters
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An Orthodox priest comforts a woman next to covered dead bodiesReuters
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A man shows a bullet and empty casings during clashes with riot police near Independence SquareReuters
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Protesters tend to the wounded in Independence SquareGetty
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An anti-government protester advances through a burning barricade in Kiev's Independence SquareReuters
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An anti-government protester cries during clashes with riot policeReuters
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A protester takes shelter on the barricadesGetty
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An injured protester is carried away from the fighting in Independence SquareGetty
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An anti-government protester holds a Ukranian flag as he advances through burning barricades in Kiev's Independence SquareReuters
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Anti-government protesters take a smoke break on a hill above Independence SquareGetty
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A wounded anti-government protester is treated by medics near Independence SquareGetty
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Anti-government protesters detain a wounded young policemanReuters
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The helmet of a dead anti-government protester lies on bloody sheets in the lobby of the Hotel UkraineReuters
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An anti-government protester waves the national flag from the top of the monument to the city's foundersReuters
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Anti-government protesters rebuild barricades following continued clashes with police in Independence squareGetty
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Anti-government protesters carry bags filled with stones to build barricades around Independence SquareReuters
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An anti-government protester aims a gun in the direction of suspected sniper fire near the Hotel UkraineGetty