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 Police retreating on Hrushevskoho Street

11:54 p.m. The rock-throwing, homemade-explosives tossing, Molotov cocktail-hurling demonstrators have at least temporarily gained the upper hand against police officers, forcing them to retreat up the hill from their previous positions on Hryshevskoho Street near Dynamo Stadium, which is on the base of the hill leading up to Ukraine’s parliament. The retreat is grudging and inch-by-inch, as protesters shout “Glory to Ukraine,” bang metal rods against fire barrels and other makeshift drums. Explosions are taking place all over as if it’s a war zone. Fireworks fly over the remains of burning and burned-out police buses and trucks, set afire by protesters. Prosters are taking out pavement from the street for use as weapons and firing smoke bombs at police. They are using barrels as drums and building new barricades, as if preparing for a police raid tonight on Independence Square. Several hundred are taking part in the agitation. One protester plays the trumpet as others sing. — Katya Gorchinskaya and Daryna Shevchenko

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