As the conflict in Kiev continues, the images coming out of the area have been gruesome and telltale of the violence that is taking place in Ukraine. The striking image below shows the juxtaposition of Independence Square, commonly referred to as Maidan, in its before and after state:
The once beautiful square has been reduced to ashes and destruction in what is being compared to a war zone, as the protesters and government battle one another. The fate of this country and its people is not known. While there are signs of progress, the violence has taken a devastating toll on both sides.