Flaming Cocktails Make a Comeback

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Pro-European integration protesters carry Molotov cocktails during clashes with police in Kiev January 20, 2014 (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

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Radical opposition protesters today battled Ukrainian police in new clashes after bloody fighting the day earlier wounded more than 200 people amid mounting fury over draconian new anti-protest laws.

The clashes, the worst in Kiev in recent times, marked a spiralling of tensions after two months of demonstrations against President Viktor Yanukovych‘s refusal to sign a pact for closer integration with the EU.

A special commission set up by Yanukovych was due to meet representatives of the opposition today for emergency talks, but it was unclear if this could help ease the crisis, with parts of central Kiev resembling a battlefield.

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