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Ukraine riot police move in on Kiev protesters after 14 die

Published on Feb 19, 2014 5:54 AM

KIEV (REUTERS) - Ukrainian riot police advanced on Tuesday onto a central Kiev square occupied by protesters, after at least 14 people died in the worst day of violence since demonstrations erupted against President Viktor Yanukovich 12 weeks ago.

Protesters on Independence Square responded with petrol bombs, fireworks and stones, as police moved slowly forward, hours after the state security service had set a deadline for the demonstrators to end disorder or face "tough measures".

Live television footage showed the police throwing stun grenades at the protesters separated from them by a line of burning tents, tyres and wood.

Western powers warned Mr Yanukovich against trying to smash the pro-European demonstrations and opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko, fearing an assault, urged women and children to leave the central square - also known as Maidan - "to avoid further victims".

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