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30 apocalyptic images from the protests in Kiev, Ukraine

Editor’s note: Ilya Varlamov is a photographer covering the protests and riots occurring in the Ukraine via his livejournal. His ground-level photojournalism captures the emotions of citizens reacting to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s rejection of trade agreements with the European Union. This conflict has been ongoing since November, 2013; each day, Varlamov ventures out to various parts of the country to capture the unrest and conflict.

Below are photographs Varlamov posted on January 23 from the capital, Kiev. Reddit user xtender5 provided translations of the captions. All photos are property of Ilya Varlamov and have been reprinted here with permission.

See all the photos here.

30 apocalyptic images from the protests in Kiev, Ukraine

Editor’s note: Ilya Varlamov is a photographer covering the protests and riots occurring in the Ukraine via his livejournal. His ground-level photojournalism captures the emotions of citizens reacting to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s rejection of trade agreements with the European Union. This conflict has been ongoing since November, 2013; each day, Varlamov ventures out to various parts of the country to capture the unrest and conflict.

Below are photographs Varlamov posted on January 23 from the capital, Kiev. Reddit user xtender5 provided translations of the captions. All photos are property of Ilya Varlamov and have been reprinted here with permission.

See all the photos here.

11 images to remind us of the need for activism around the world

Thailand’s ongoing anti-government protests

Thailand’s ongoing anti-government protestors demand the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as well as for her billionaire family and older brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, to cease influencing the government. Demonstrators have also accused her of being Thaksin’s puppet until he can return from his self-imposed exile.

Thaksin, a billionaire tycoon, is a former prime minister whose political party won every election since 2001. Yingluck has claimed that she is open to talks to resolve the current conflict, but has so far refused to vacate her position as prime minister.

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11 images to remind us of the need for activism around the world

Bulgaria’s student protests against poverty and corruption

Students and other demonstrators staged a three-week sit-in at Sofia University as part of an Occupy Student movement in October—the latest protest in Bulgaria, one of the poorest countries in the European Union. Bulgarians have been taking to the streets since February to express their discontent with the “mafia-style” socialist-backed technocratic government.

Imgur user plamentanev posted this powerful photo from Bulgaria and described the scene: “This photo really moved me so much that I decided to try and raise awareness to what is going on in my country. This girl was crying and begging the policeman not to hit her or any of her friends. Then the policeman started crying as well, and he said to her, ‘You just hold on girl.’”

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