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Clashes erupt in Ukrainian capital Kiev after defiant mass protest

Published on Jan 20, 2014 1:49 AM

KIEV (AFP) - The police and protesters clashed in the centre of the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Sunday after 200,000 massed for an opposition rally in a show of defiance against strict new curbs on protests.

The bloody clashes left over two dozen injured and further raised tensions in the almost two-month stand-off between the opposition and President Viktor Yanukovych, which has seen protesters seize control of the centre of Kiev.

Police used tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon in a bid to disperse the hundreds of people who sought to storm police cordons near the Verkhovna Rada parliament in the capital, witnesses and AFP correspondents said.

Some demonstrators rocked police buses outside the Verkhovna Rada and set two of them on fire while the air filled with the stench of tear gas used against them.

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