Europe

In pictures: Ukraine clashes

  • 18 February 2014
  • From the section Europe
Protesters in Ukraine have clashed with security forces, who have stormed the main anti-government camp in Kiev.
Fireworks have also been thrown and police have deployed water cannon
Independence Square - known as the Maidan - has been the epicentre of street protests since they began in November.
Opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk has insisted the protest camp - which is calling for President Viktor Yanukovych to resign - will "not retreat a single step".
The crackdown down ends the most violent day since the protests began, prompted by the government's suspension of preparations for a trade deal with the EU.
Security forces and protesters clashed earlier in the day in some of the worst violence seen in the capital for weeks
Protesters threw cobblestones at the security services during earlier clashes
Security forces had given protesters a deadline of 18:00 local time (16:00 GMT) to end the unrest or face police using "all legal means" to restore order
US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for both sides to end the violence