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Kiev protesters oust police after storming building

Published on Jan 26, 2014 3:08 PM
 
Anti-government protesters try to enter the "Ukrainian House" where the riot police are located during a rally in Kiev, on Jan 25, 2014.  Protesters in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Sunday, Jan 26, 2014, ousted special police forces from a flashpoint building in the city after storming the premises in new clashes, officials said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (AFP) - Protesters in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Sunday ousted special police forces from a flashpoint building in the city after storming the premises in new clashes, officials said.

Ukrainian television said that around 200 police forces left the Ukrainian House in central Kiev, a Soviet-era exhibition hall used by troops as a base, by a side entrance.

Meanwhile, the interior ministry confirmed that the forces had withdrawn to avoid a further spike in tensions with the opposition which have seen at least three protesters killed in clashes according to the authorities.

"The ministry's leadership decided to withdraw the reserve unit of security forces from the building," the interior ministry said in a statement.

 
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