Several thousand police in riot gear pulled back after clashing with protesters in the central square of the Ukrainian capital Wednesday following an overnight confrontation in which police scuffled with demonstrators as they dismantled barricades and evicted protesters from tents.
Police tore down barricades surrounding the camp at Independence Square in Kiev early Wednesday, but were forced to move back after fierce resistance from thousands of protesters, whose ranks swelled as the night went on.
Three police buses that had been parked outside the building all night drove away to the protesters' shouts of "Shame!" Another group of police that had been stationed outside the Kiev city hall building, which has been occupied by protesters for weeks, departed from the scene
Several thousand protesters who remained on the square after dawn cheered as police drove away.