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.

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