Sunday 21 December 2014

Ukraine crisis: Police and protesters clash again as Polish PM urges caution on agreement

Protesters want President Yanukovich to go

Published 21/02/2014 | 08:58

An anti-government protester mans a barricade in Kiev February 21, 2014. Violence flared again in Kiev on Friday as Ukraine's opposition politicians pondered a draft deal with Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich which EU foreign ministers brokered to resolve the country's political crisis. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
An anti-government protester mans a barricade in Kiev February 21, 2014. Violence flared again in Kiev on Friday as Ukraine's opposition politicians pondered a draft deal with Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich which EU foreign ministers brokered to resolve the country's political crisis. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
An anti-government protester throws a tyre on a fire at a barricade in Kiev February 21, 2014. Violence flared again in Kiev on Friday as Ukraine's opposition politicians pondered a draft deal with Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich which EU foreign ministers brokered to resolve the country's political crisis. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
An anti-government protester mans a barricade in Kiev February 21, 2014. Violence flared again in Kiev on Friday as Ukraine's opposition politicians pondered a draft deal with Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich which EU foreign ministers brokered to resolve the country's political crisis. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
Anti-government protesters sleep in City Hall in Kiev February 21, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said on Friday a deal to resolve his country's political crisis had been reached with pro-European opposition leaders after the worst violence since Soviet times, but France urged caution. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
A bunch of gas masks is seen hung on a barricade in Kiev February 21, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said on Friday a deal to resolve his country's political crisis had been reached with pro-European opposition leaders after the worst violence since Soviet times, but France urged caution. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
Anti-government protesters and a priest (R) pray at a barricade in Kiev February 21, 2014. Violence flared again in Kiev on Friday as Ukraine's opposition politicians pondered a draft deal with Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich which EU foreign ministers brokered to resolve the country's political crisis. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (UKRAINE - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
An anti-government protester mans a barricade in Kiev February 21, 2014. Violence flared again in Kiev on Friday as Ukraine's opposition politicians pondered a draft deal with Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich which EU foreign ministers brokered to resolve the country's political crisis. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
A medic cleans the eyes of an anti-government protester as he mans a barricade in Kiev February 21, 2014. Violence flared again in Kiev on Friday as Ukraine's opposition politicians pondered a draft deal with Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich which EU foreign ministers brokered to resolve the country's political crisis. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (UKRAINE - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
An aerial view shows the anti-government protesters camp in Independence Square in central Kiev, February 21, 2014. European Union ministers sought to broker a political settlement in Ukraine after gun battles between police and anti-government protesters brought the death toll to 75 in two days of the worst violence in the country since Soviet times. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
A general view shows anti-government protesters at a barricade in Independence Square in central Kiev February 21, 2014. Ukraine's presidency said on Friday a deal had been reached at all-night talks on resolving the country's crisis after 75 people were killed in two days of the worst violence since Soviet times. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
An anti-government protester carries a tyre through the rubble after violence erupted in the Independence Square in Kiev February 20, 2014. Photo: REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
Activist carries a tyre at the burning barricades, close to Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, in Kiev, Ukraine. Photo: AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky
An anti-government protester reacts following clashes with riot police in Independence Square in Kiev. Photo: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
Vice President Joe Biden warned Ukraine's leader the US is prepared to sanction those responsible for the violence in Kiev (AP)
An anti-government protester stands on a barricade at Independence Square in Kiev (AP)
Anti-government protesters man a barricade at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine (AP)
Police block the way with an armoured personnel carrier at the Ukraine's parliament in Kiev (AP)

Ukrainian protesters opened fire on Friday on police between Kiev's Independence Square and the parliament building, a police statement said.

The violence kicked off again as Polish Prime Minister Donal Tusk urged caution about an agreement reached overnight that is understood to include the introduction an early election and a coalition within ten days.

"Participants in the mass disorder opened fire on police officers and tried to burst through in the direction of the parliament building," the statement said.

It did not say whether police returned fire or tried to restrain the protesters.

Opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk, speaking in the parliament building about 1 1/2 km (one mile) from Independence Square, said armed police had entered the premises but the deputy speaker said they had been forced back out of the building.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk today that a draft agreement with the Ukraine's presidency has been reached, but urged caution in predicting the end of the political crisis at the Polish riot-torn neighbour.

"The agreement has not yet been reached. What's been settled is the agreement's draft," Tusk told reporters in the Polish parliament.

"Signing the deal gives hope that it will be the starting point, but I would be cautious in predicting the end of the conflict," he added.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said today a deal to resolve his country's political crisis had been reached with pro-European opposition leaders after the worst violence since Soviet times.

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