When news of the police advance circulated this morning, people started rushing to the scene. The crowd numbered an estimated 2,000 people by 10:30 a.m. after having dwindled considerably overnight before the police attack.
Many in the crowd started talking face-to-face with Interior Ministry troops trying to persuade the police officers to join them. They shouted “Come to our side!” to the police officers. However, Berkut riot-control police were having none of the peace overtures, and banged their shields in contempt. Officers with megaphones warned the crowd that they were breaking the law and that police had the legal right to disperse them.