(Adds 5 more bodies seen)
KIEV, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Fifteen bodies were lying on the ground covered by blankets on or near Kiev's Independence Square on Thursday, a Reuters photographer at the scene said.
Photographer Vasily Fedosenko said he saw six bodies at the northwestern side of the square and then a few moments later saw a further four bodies about 100 metres away at the other side of the plaza.
They were all civilians, he said.
A short while later, he saw another five bodies in front of the hotel Ukraina, which stands on a hill and looks down on Independence Square. (Writing By Richard Balmforth; Editing by Andrew Heavens)