After one p.m. “Berkut” fighters, the internal forces and the utility service workers moved from the adjacent streets on barricaded square. They broke through from the European Square and using shields, began peaceful displacement of protesters and the demolition of the barricades. The policemen were pushing people from the Mikhailovskaya and Institustskaya streets, as well as from the European Square. Khreschatyk was cleared from the barricades till the street of Gorodetskogo. Subway station in the city center were closed. By 7 a.m. the number of protesters, standing near to police forces grew from about 3,000 to 15,000 people, which allowed resist MVD troops who tried to enter adjacent the Trade Unions House, where there was Euromaidan’s headquarter. Although, these attempts to assault the building as well as night assault barricaded inside the building of the Kiev city administration failed. Berkut fighters, suffering from 12 degree of frost, pouring with water from City Hall, had to withdraw. Eleven hours of continuous confrontation, while the number of protesters reached 25,000 people, the Interior Ministry troops finally left Euromaidan.
!!! Strategically important target of the protesters was the Home of Unions. Give it up was equal to committing suicide. According to the statements of witnesses and some political observers, inside of the House of Unions were occurring really terrible things like tortures and murders.
In the afternoon, Euromaidan’s participants restored and strengthened the barricades. Viktor Yanukovych held a roundtable discussion with the opposition.
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