Kiev, Ukraine • Hundreds of police started storming a protest camp in the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday, clashing with protesters as they tried to dismantle barricades.
Protesters shouted "Shame!" "We will stand!" and sang the Ukrainian national anthem.
The storming of the camp at Independence Square came despite a visit by two top Western diplomats to try to defuse a weeks-long stand-off between the opposition and President Viktor Yanukovych.
The police tried to dismantle barricades surrounding the camp, but then moved back after resistance from protesters.
The police took up positions on the perimeters of the camp, then began clashing with demonstrators and trying again to dismantle the barricades.