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UKRAINE PROTESTS: - KIEV Brutal Violence Caught on VIDEO. Protesters KILLED in CLASHES
Violent clashes between protesters and police have erupted in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, with at least seven people, including a policeman, killed.
In the worst violence in weeks, police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to stop thousands of protesters marching on parliament.
A deadline set by the security forces for the violence to end has passed with no immediate sign of police action.
The clashes came as MPs were due to debate changes to the constitution.
The proposals would curb the powers of President Viktor Yanukovych, but the opposition say they were blocked from submitting their draft, meaning no debate could take place.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said she was "deeply worried" by the escalation of violence, and urged politicians to "address the root causes".
Russia blamed the upsurge in violence on "connivance by Western politicians and European structures" and their refusal to consider the "aggressive actions" of radical factions within the protest movement.
Officer shot dead
Ukraine's unrest began in November, when Mr Yanukovych rejected a deal with the EU in favour of closer ties with Russia.
The mood had calmed in recent days, but protest camps remain on the streets and the opposition - which insists the president must resign - had warned the government it risked inflaming tensions if it failed to act.
Anti-government protesters throw stones towards police during a rally near Ukraine's house of parliament in Kiev
On Tuesday, thousands of protesters tried to march on the parliament building to put pressure on the government to address constitutional reform.
But the march was blocked by lines of police vehicles.
The BBC's David Stern in Kiev says it is unclear what sparked the clashes - protesters and police have blamed each other.
Unlike in previous weeks, violence took place in a number of locations, our correspondent adds.
Some protesters ripped up cobblestones to throw at police. Others threw smoke bombs. Police fired stun and smoke grenades, and rubber bullets.
Protesters also attacked the headquarters of President Yanukovych's Party of the Regions, temporarily smashing their way in before being forced out by police.
One person - believed to be an employee - was found dead inside.
The bodies of three protesters were found inside a building close to parliament. Another three bodies were seen lying in the street.
The interior ministry said a policeman had died after being shot in the neck.
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