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Ukraine protests: Thousands fill Independence Square

8 December 2013 Last updated at 15:16 GMT

Thousands of people have gathered in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, intensifying pressure on the government after it refused to sign a deal on closer ties with the European Union.

The protests - now in their third week - come a day after talks between President Viktor Yanukovych and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Mr Yanukovych has said he shelved the EU deal after Russian opposition.

The BBC's David Stern reports from Independence Square.