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Ukrainian security forces on Wednesday stormed Kiev's Independence Square which protesters have occupied for over a week but the demonstrators defiantly refused to leave and resisted the police in a tense standoff. Eite Berkut anti-riot police and interior ministry special forces moved against the protestors at around 2:00 am (midnight GMT) in a move that prompted US Secretary of State John Kerry to express "disgust" over the crackdown. But the protesters, angry at President Viktor Yanukovych's rejection of an EU pact under Russian pressure, stayed on in part of the huge square and their numbers swelled to at least 10,000 after the police action. Dozens formed human walls to prevent more riot police from entering the square from adjoining roads, an AFP correspondent.
By Richard Balmforth and Alissa de Carbonnel KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian riot police early on Wednesday poured into Kiev's Independence Square, confronting opposition leaders and protesters demonstrating against a government decision to rebuild trade ties with Russia rather than move closer to the European Union. Black-helmeted police entered the square in the heart of the snowbound capital where the demonstrators have been camping out for the past 10 days, tearing down barricades erected by the protesters. Clashes broke out as police tried to detain some of the protesters.