As it happened: Ukrainian police storm Kiev protest camp

Key points

  • Kiev sees the worst violence since demonstrations began as police renew their assault on the main protest camp in the capital
  • At least 26 people dead, officials say. The dead include at least 14 protesters, 10 police officers and a journalist
  • Several hundred people have been injured on both sides
  • After failed late-night talks with opposition leaders, President Viktor Yanukovych blamed them for the violence
  • The protests began in November, when Mr Yanukovych rejected a deal with the EU in favour of closer ties with Russia
  • All times in GMT

Live text


  • Dominic Howell 
  • Alastair Lawson 
  • Amber Dawson 

Last updated 18 February 2014


Hello, and welcome to our live coverage of the unrest in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, where anti-government protesters are clashing with police.


Police have used rubber bullets and stun grenades as thousands of protesters march on parliament.


Police have begun storming the Maidan square, the focus of weeks of anti-government protests in central Kiev, local television is reporting.


This image shows a protester throwing stones as a car burns in central Kiev:

A protester throws stones as a car is on flames during clashes with police in Kiev


The Maidan, also known as Independence Square, has been the site of the main protest camp since November.

TWEET 18:39

Maxim Eristavi

tweets: While Independence square is burning and stun grenades are exploding, protesters are signing national anthem. It's like a doomsday


Police officers have been throwing bricks back at protesters.

A riot police prepares to throw a brick at anti-government protesters


The unrest in Ukraine has been going on for months. It started in November when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a deal with the EU in favour of closer ties with Russia. To understand all the background to the story, read our explainer here.


The protest camp in the heart of Kiev is reported to be engulfed in flames as police advance on protesters.


This image shows a masked protester in front of flames and thick smoke from burning vehicles.

A masked protester is seen in front of thick smoke from burning vehicles