Ukraine crisis: BBC reports from the front line in Kiev

  • 21 February 2014
  • From the section Europe

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition have signed a deal aimed at ending the political crisis.

Opposition leaders had initially rejected claims that they had accepted the agreement.

The announcement followed all-night talks between the president and European foreign ministers.

Isolated outbursts of violence were reported in the centre of the capital Kiev on Friday morning, despite the deal.

On Thursday, Ukraine's parliament voted for a motion to halt attempts to clear Independence Square, which required ruling party MPs to break ranks with the president.

The BBC is on the front line in Independence Square as all sides consider their next move.

Media captionOpposition leader Vitaly Klitschko faced boos in Independence Square from protesters unhappy with Friday's deal
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Image caption The mood in the Ukraine Hotel, which has been turned into a field hospital by protesters
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Image caption The effects of yesterday's clashes were in evidence in central Kiev
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Image caption The BBC's Abdujalil Abdurasulov tweeted this photo, saying: "Thousands have gathered on Maidan. The crowd chants 'zeku smert'- death to Yanukovych"
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Image caption Some protesters have vowed to remain until Yanukovych leaves
Image caption Civilians are also thought to be helping the security forces
Image caption Smoke clears on another tense day in the Maidan (Independence Square)
Image caption Civilians are also thought to be helping the security forces
Image caption The BBC's Duncan Crawford (@DuncanC) tweets: "Hard to make out. But someone is on the roof of this building by Independence Square"
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Image caption The makeshift hospital in Kiev's Ukraine Hotel became a morgue on Thursday
Image caption Memorials have spring up around the camp, Jüri Maloverjan (‏@MaloverjanBBC), Moscow correspondent for the BBC's Russian Service, reports from Kiev
Image caption With the barricades still burning, a resolution to the crisis still seems a long way off
Image caption A very different scene in the hotel lobby on Friday morning - once again a hospital
Media captionDuncan Crawford reports from the hotel being used as a makeshift hospital, as well as a base for journalists - and at least one gunman, on Thursday
Media captionNot the only unlikely hospital: Activist Kateryna Overchenko explains how the Mikhailivsky monastery is now also a medical centre
Image caption Long past just being about politics, the country's crisis is even affecting sport
Media caption"Can we still call them protesters? Or rebels?" tweeted Gabriel Gatehouse (@ggatehouse) from the front line on Thursday
Media captionAmateur footage appeared to show police hostages being kept in a line by men in plain clothes in Kiev on Thursday
Image caption A protester holds up spent bullets allegedly fired by security forces
Image caption The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse witnessed gunmen firing from the Hotel Ukraina, as Jüri Maloverjan photographed evidence that bullets were flying the other way too