Ukraine Riot Police Retreat

    Ukrainian riot policemen pull a Pro-European Union activist out form a tent camps on the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Security forces clashed with protesters as they began tearing down opposition barricades and tents set up in the center of the Ukrainian capital early Wednesday, in an escalation of the weeks-long standoff threatening the leadership of President Viktor Yanukovych. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

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    Riot police in Kiev retreated Wednesday after storming its occupied city hall and nearby Independence Square. Interior Minister Vitali Zakharchenko insisted in a statement Wednesday that no force will be used. “I want everybody to calm down,” Zakharchenko said, hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed “disgust” over the government’s response to the protests, saying “This response is neither acceptable nor does it befit a democracy.” Riot police and interior ministry forces had dismantled the barricades and tents overnight, leading to violence, with KyivPost reporting police had clubbed protesters.

    After storming occupied City Hall.

    A protester clashes with police. Take a closer look at the Ukraine uprising through this stark photo.

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