Anti-government protesters and riot police have clashed in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. The stand-off in the city’s central Independence Square has left at least 21 people, including policemen and protesters, dead in the bloodiest day since Ukraine won its independence more than 22 years ago. Hundreds more have been injured, with dozens of them in a serious condition.
On the Independence Square, smoke billowed from burning tents, piles of tyres and wood.
Several floors of a trade union building, used as an anti-government headquarters, were also on fire.
Police battled their way into the centre of three months of protests against President Viktor Yanukovych.
But thousands of protesters, some wearing helmets and body armour, tried to stand their ground.
The protests continued into the early hours of Wednesday.