Breathtaking Photographs from the Fiery Protests Rocking Ukraine

Two months of largely peaceful protests in Kiev, Ukraine, turned violent today, leaving a reported 3 protesters dead. Demonstrators are angry at the government for snubbing a chance for membership in the European Union in favor of a closer relationship with Russia, which offered the country a substantial bailout.

Breathtaking Photographs from the Fiery Protests Rocking Ukraine

[Protesters prepare to clash with police in central Kiev on Wednesday. Image via Efrem Lukatsky/AP.]

Breathtaking Photographs from the Fiery Protests Rocking Ukraine

[A protester points a handgun during a clash with police in central Kiev on Wednesday. Image via Efrem Lukatsky/AP.]

Breathtaking Photographs from the Fiery Protests Rocking Ukraine

[Footage of the protests was streamed on EspressoTV earlier today. Image via @nycjim/Twitter.]

Breathtaking Photographs from the Fiery Protests Rocking Ukraine

[Protesters clash with police in central Kiev early Wednesday morning. Image via Evgeny Feldman/AP.]

Breathtaking Photographs from the Fiery Protests Rocking Ukraine

[Protesters clash with police in central Kiev on Wednesday. Three people have died in clashes between protesters and police, according to medics on the site. Image via Sergei Chuzavkov/AP.]

Breathtaking Photographs from the Fiery Protests Rocking Ukraine

[A protester throws a Molotov cocktail during clashes with police in central Kiev on Wednesday. Image via Efrem Lukatsky/AP.]

Breathtaking Photographs from the Fiery Protests Rocking Ukraine

[Tires burn in the street, set alight by protesters in clashes with police in central Kiev on Wednesday. Police tore down protester barricades and chased demonstrators away from the site of violent clashes. Image via Sergei Grits/AP.]

Breathtaking Photographs from the Fiery Protests Rocking Ukraine

[Protesters in Kiev burn a Soviet flag during clashes with police on Wednesday. Image via @MSR_int/Twitter.]

Breathtaking Photographs from the Fiery Protests Rocking Ukraine

[A protester waves a Ukrainian national flag in front of police line in central Kiev on Wednesday. Image via Sergei Grits/AP.]

[lead image via Darko Vojinovic/AP.]