Ukraine: Fighting and Fire On Kiev's Independence Square

Demonstrators clashed with city employees and armed guards in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on August 7 as the workers tried to clear barricades and tents from Independence Square. Protesters set fire to piles of tires and threw bottles and bricks at the municipal workers, who eventually withdrew. The square -- known as the Maidan -- was the epicenter of massive antigovernment protests last winter which eventually saw the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. Petro Poroshenko was elected as the country's new president in May, but several hundred protesters have remained on the square, saying they want to ensure the new government follows through on reforms. Kyiv authorities have been negotiating with the protesters to clear the square since Vitali Klitschko was elected mayor in May. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)