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