Opposition leaders in Ukraine have distanced themselves from an alleged attempt by protesters to break through police lines near Viktor Yanukovich's presidential headquarters.
"We know that the president wants to ... declare a state of emergency in the country," former economy minister Arseny Yatsenyuk told journalists
A group of protesters reportedly used a tractor to try to break through police lines near the headquarters, eyewitnesses said, while Interior ministry forces used tear gas to disperse the group.
Earlier, an estimated 350,000 people gathered in the city's 'Independence Square' in a rally in favour of greater EU integration.
There is an urgent need for de-escalation in Ukraine as President Yanukovich tries to calm a country bitterly divided over years of history.
Ukraine's political and economic landscape is stuck between old Soviet masters in Russia and the democratising ideals offered by the EU.