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

Reporting:

  • Dominic Howell 
  • Alastair Lawson 
  • Amber Dawson 

Last updated 18 February 2014

STANDARD 18:27

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

STANDARD 18:29

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

STANDARD 18:33

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

STANDARD 18:37

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

STANDARD 18:39

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

STANDARD 18:40

Police officers have been throwing bricks back at protesters.

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

STANDARD

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.

STANDARD 18:43

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

STANDARD 18:45

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