Ukraine protesters dig in heels, PM condemns 'signs of coup'
KIEV (AFP) - Ukrainian protesters blockaded government buildings and camped on Kiev's central square on Monday, seeking to oust President Viktor Yanukovych after police brutality and a row over EU ties plunged the country into its worst political crisis in a decade.
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said the protest bore "all the signs of a coup" as tens of thousands of demonstrators dug in their heels in the capital, occupying Kiev city hall and blockading the main government building.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose government has pitted itself against the European Union in a tug-of-war over Ukraine, also denounced the protests, saying they were "more like a pogrom than a revolution".
But EU powers condemned the crackdown on demonstrators in weekend violence that authorities said left 190 people injured, including police, protesters and more than 40 journalists.