KIEV - New clashes broke out on Wednesday between Ukrainian police and protesters demanding the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich and two demonstrator were reported to have been killed.
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Protesters shouted "Murderers!" and "Glory to Ukraine!" in a square in the centre of the capital Kiev after reports spread that a man had been shot dead by a police sniper and that another demonstrator had fallen to his death during clashes.
This was not immediately confirmed by the Ukrainian authorities, but a Reuters cameraman was shown the body of a man identified as a protester who had gunshot wounds to the head.
The latest clashes broke out when police, using teargas, tried to dismantle a protest camp but were repelled by demonstrators hurling home-made petrol bombs, witnesses said.
The demonstrators have been out in the street for several weeks, angered by Yanukovich's decision to shun a trade pact with the European Union and instead accept financial aid from Russia.