Violent protests against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's regime have spread beyond the capitol of Kiev. Protesters stormed the offices of the governor of Lviv in the west, forcing him to sign his resignation, while at least five other cities have reported mass disturbances.
In Kiev, a fragile truce has emerged as Yanukovych announced further talks with opposition leaders and called for an emergency session of parliament. But if no resolution is reached by 8 p.m., the protests will renew. Yanukovych may be willing to soften his hardline stance, but opposition leaders emerged from previous talks on Wednesday saying they'd rather brave bullets than accept the government's offer.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov sent a clear threat to protesters: "People should not think that the government lacks available resources to put an end to this. It is our constitutional right and obligation to restore order in the country."
Photojournalist Ilya Varlamov has been documenting the protests from behind the opposition lines, walking among the protesters and taking stunning photos of their struggle. Here's some photos he took of street fighting in Kiev.
Fires rage in the background.
Varlamov says this is where protesters receive and distribute supplies throughout Kiev.
According to government officials, a fire here nearly burnt down the whole residential quarter.
These are burning barricades near Dinamo stadium, 100 meters from the first. They were constructed from hundreds of burning tires, and according to Varlamov, blew black smoke directly into the internal troops.
An unknown figure strolls across the foreground as the tire barricade burns behind him.
Activists run forward with shields to throw rocks at police, hoping to avoid stun grenades and tear gas.
A protester runs forward under searchlights to toss more tires onto the barricades, ensuring they burn throughout the night.
The protesters work in groups to pile more material on the barricades.
Scouts constantly update protesters on the location of police and their movements and coordinate with activists who throw stones and Molotov cocktails.
Interior ministry forces spray ice-cold water at a scout climbing a balcony. According to Varlamov, thanks to the raging fires, those who were drenched dried off quickly and no one got frostbite.
At the forefront of the protest lines, protesters lob molotov cocktails at police.
Varlamov notes that sometimes, the effect of all the action is quite beautiful.
Here's where the protesters make firebombs, using petrol or clean kerosene. The technology is obsolete, but the resulting Molotovs are not.
Winter in Ukraine is very harsh. Here, wet and cold protesters stand around a fire to warm themselves before another confrontration with authorities.