Violent clashes broke out in Kiev on Tuesday as protesters confronted police near to the Ukrainian capital's parliament building.
Protesters torched three police trucks with petrol bombs before being forced back by police firing rubber bullets, according to reports by Reuters news agency. Several thousand people were involved in the clashes, which the agency said was the worst violence in more than three weeks. Agence France Presse, citing opposition medics, said at least three people had been killed and 150 injured, some seriously in the clashes.
Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported that flares and flash bangs had been hurled at police and protesters were preparing to throw paving stones, moving them closer to police cordons. It added that activists had forced open the entrance door to the ruling Party of Regions' office, located on Lypska Street in the center of Kiev, and entered the building's courtyard.
"Protesters destroyed an iron fence and set fire to one of the cars parked in the yard...when another two cars emerged from the yard, the activists attacked them with baseball bats, but the cars drove away," it said in a report on its website.