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Riot police launch fresh assault on Kiev's Independence Square

Published on Feb 19, 2014 10:40 AM
Riot policemen approaching anti-government protesters during clashes at the Independence Square in Kiev on Feb 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (AFP) - Squads of anti-riot police launched a fresh assault on Kiev's Independence Square on Wednesday after firing tear gas on protesters defending their camp, an AFP journalist said.

The police, who have been engaged in a bloody hours-long standoff with the protesters, took up position around a monument in the centre of the square shortly after 4:00am (0200 GMT).