Shocking images from Kiev of what is being called the 'bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic'

Protesters resorted to the use of fireworks during anti-government demonstrations at Kiev, even as Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich warned his opponents on Wednesday that he could deploy force against them after what he called their attempt to "seize power" by means of "arson and murder". Ukrainian riot police charged protesters occupying a central Kiev square early on Wednesday after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence. Photographs by: David Mdzinarishvili, Olga Yakimovich, Vasily Fedosenko (Reuters)