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Confrontations between police and protesters continue in Kyiv after night of street violence

Protesters prepare to clash with riot police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Anti-government protests in Ukraine's capital escalated into fiery street battles with police Sunday as thousands of demonstrators hurled rocks and firebombs to set police vehicles ablaze. Dozens of officers and protesters were injured. The violence was a sharp escalation of Ukraine's two-month political crisis, which has brought round-the-clock protest gatherings, but had been largely peaceful. The crisis erupted in November after President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to freeze ties with the European Union and seek a huge bailout from Russia (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
January 20, 2014 - 12:25 AM

KIEV, Ukraine - Protesters erected barricades from charred vehicles in central Kyiv as the sound of stun grenades pierce the freezing air, after a night of rioting sparked by passage of laws aims at curbing street protests.

Dozens of protesters remain camped out on a central street in Kyiv on Monday, as some vehicles torched by protesters overnight continue to blaze.

A large demonstration against anti-protest laws turned violent Sunday, when hundreds of radical protesters broke off from the main peaceful rally and marched toward the parliament building. They began attacking rows of police with sticks, stones and fire bombs, setting police vehicles on fire. Police responded with tear gas and water cannons. Dozens of protesters and police were injured.

The government is set to hold talks with leaders of the opposition Monday.

News from © The Associated Press, 2014
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