Ukrainian television stations are broadcasting the ongoing confrontation between protestors and police at Kiev’s Independence Square, where protests against President Viktor Yanukovych have been centered for nearly three months now. A livestream from Espreso TV — among others — currently shows hundreds of Ukrainians glowing red as tents from their camp at the square burn and send smoke billowing above the streets. Reuters reports that Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, has seen its worst violence in weeks today, with 14 reported dead.
According to the Guardian, authorities ordered the tens of thousands of protestors in Independence Square to leave by tonight or face police eviction. Water cannons and stun grenades were reportedly used against the protestors earlier in the evening, but a full assault on the camp is yet to occur. “Extremists are killing innocents on the streets of the capital, burning buildings and cars,” Ukrainian security services said in a statement, according to the Guardian. “Unless the disorder stops, we will have to restore order by all means envisaged by law.”
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