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Kyiv recovers after a night of vicious street battles

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Kyiv recovers after a night of vicious street battles

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A bruised Kiev picks up pieces after a night of vicious street battles between riot police and anti-government protesters.

The violence came after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych hastily pushed through an anti-protest law that increased fines and imposed jail terms for unauthorised street protests.

It mirrors anti-opposition legislation passed in Russia, prompting accusations from critics that Yanukovych is following in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s footsteps and building a police state.

The European Union has urged Ukraine to revise the legislation. The US has called it “undemocratic.”

The pro-Western protests in Kiev began last November after Yanukovych shelved a long-planned political and economic treaty with the EU, and then accepted a huge bailout package from Vladimir Putin instead.