At least 22 people have been killed and hundreds injured after fierce clashes between police and protesters erupted again in Ukraine’s capital following a brief truce.
More than 50 people have died this week, a sharp reversal in a months-long crisis that had shown tentative steps toward compromise.
In addition, one policeman has been killed and 28 have suffered gunshot wounds. They have been bombarded with a barrage of heavy paving stones and firebombs.
The opposition have accused president Viktor Yanukovych of ignoring their demands to enact constitutional reforms to limit his power.
The trouble began in November when the president abandoned talks with the EU, instead forging closer ties with Russia.
President Barack Obama has condemned the violence, warning ‘there will be consequences’ for Ukraine if it continues.