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Anti-government protesters gather near fires at a tent encampment during clashes with riot police in Independence Square in Kiev February 19, 2014. Ukrainian riot police battled protesters occupying a central Kiev square after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence more than 22 years ago. (Konstantin Chernichkin/REUTERS)
Anti-government protesters gather near fires at a tent encampment during clashes with riot police in Independence Square in Kiev February 19, 2014. Ukrainian riot police battled protesters occupying a central Kiev square after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence more than 22 years ago. (Konstantin Chernichkin/REUTERS)

Protesters’ headquarters in Kiev on fire, local television shows Add to ...

The building used by anti-government protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square as their headquarters was on fire, local television showed.

Live footage from the square showed several floors of the 9-floor Trade Union building were on fire with flames and smoke coming out of the windows.

Leaders of the protesters called other demonstrators from the stage in the square to find groundsheets to save people who might need to escape from the building.

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