Ukraine protest confident as US mulls sanctions
KIEV (AFP) - Ukrainian demonstrators celebrated three weeks of protests on Thursday over the government's decision to reject a historic EU deal, as the United States threatened sanctions after a failed police raid on the protest barricades.
The situation calmed in the capital after a showdown in the early hours of Wednesday, when riot police tried to drive the protest camp out of the iconic Independence Square after three weeks of rallies.
The raid failed after demonstrators dug in their heels and resisted the troops, pouring water on them in freezing winter weather and calling for the officers to join the protest effort, and thousands more poured into the streets.
Protesters fortified their positions overnight by filling plastic bags with snow and using them as sandbags, as well as pouring water over the barricades in sub-zero temperatures.