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.

The mood in the Ukraine Hotel, which has been turned into a field hospital by protesters
The effects of yesterday's clashes were in evidence in central Kiev
The BBC's Abdujalil Abdurasulov tweeted this photo, saying: "Thousands have gathered on Maidan. The crowd chants 'zeku smert'- death to Yanukovych"
Some protesters have vowed to remain until Yanukovych leaves
Civilians are also thought to be helping the security forces
Smoke clears on another tense day in the Maidan (Independence Square)
Civilians are also thought to be helping the security forces
The BBC's Duncan Crawford (@DuncanC) tweets: "Hard to make out. But someone is on the roof of this building by Independence Square"
The makeshift hospital in Kiev's Ukraine Hotel became a morgue on Thursday
Memorials have spring up around the camp, Jüri Maloverjan (‏@MaloverjanBBC), Moscow correspondent for the BBC's Russian Service, reports from Kiev
With the barricades still burning, a resolution to the crisis still seems a long way off
A very different scene in the hotel lobby on Friday morning - once again a hospital
Long past just being about politics, the country's crisis is even affecting sport
A protester holds up spent bullets allegedly fired by security forces
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