Slideshow: The streets of Kiev · February 19, 2014 Click on a thumbnail image to launch slideshow. All photos by Sergey Stroitelev. A protester stands on the roof of a bus holding a torch to maintain a smokescreen. Protesters try to launch fireworks during an assault on the barricades by Berkut forces. Police spray water on fireworks launched at the police line from behind a barricade Protesters break up a Hreshatik street sidewalk into throwable pieces. Religious leaders came out to bless protesters on the Hrushevskogo street barricades. Protesters hit barriers with metal sticks 20 minutes before the assault on the Hrushevskogo street barricades. People gather with flags to support the barricades on Hrishevskogo street. Demonstrators burn tires behind a barricade After an assault on the barricades, protesters retreated to Maidan square where they created a protective smokescreen. People stand on rooftops of shelters in Maidan square to better see the frontline through the smokescreen.