Clashes In Ukraine Turn Gruesome: Protesters Set Policeman On Fire, Military Tanks Come To Maidan, Kiev VIDEO

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Three protesters were killed in Ukraine when the Kiev demonstrations turned more violent on Sunday, Reuters reports, after harsher police tactics and the introduction of sweeping anti-protest legislation which the opposition says paves the way for a police state in the former Soviet republic.

Three protesters were killed in Ukraine when the Kiev demonstrations turned more violent on Sunday, Reuters reports, after harsher police tactics and the introduction of sweeping anti-protest legislation which the opposition says paves the way for a police state in the former Soviet republic.

The raw footage posted above shows that military tanks have reached Maidan Nezalezhnosti – the central square of Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine.

It all started last year when a huge pro-European Union (EU) rally of about 350,000 people was carried out in parts of Kiev with opposition leaders calling for President Viktor Yanukovich and his government to resign.

Later, violent clashes erupted between the riot police and the protesters resulting in several injuries.

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Disturbing videos of rioting emerged online this week including the one in which a protester set a policeman on fire after pelting him with Molotov cocktails.

(WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE, VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED)

The European Union called on Ukraine's government and opposition to "engage in a genuine dialogue".

"I strongly condemn the violent escalation of events in Kiev overnight leading to casualties. The reported deaths of several protesters are a source of extreme worry," EU foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

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