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Ukrainian president 'set to return after sick leave'

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich is set to return to work on Monday after a period of sick leave, a statement on the presidential website said. Thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered in central Kiev to demand his resignation.

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Kiev: Violent clashes in response to anti-protest laws

Pro-European protesters gather around burning vehicles during clashes with Ukrainian riot police in Kiev. Credit: Reuters

Protesters clashed with riot police in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday after tough anti-protest legislation, which the political opposition says paves the way for a police state, was rushed through parliament last week.

A pro-European protester throws a missile during clashes with Ukrainian riot police. Credit: Reuters

A group of young masked demonstrators attacked a cordon of police with sticks and tried to overturn a bus blocking their way to the parliament building after opposition politicians called on people to disregard the new legislation.

Pro-European integration protesters take cover behind shields and burnt out vehicles. Credit: Reuters

The interior ministry said 30 police were hurt, including more than 10 admitted to hospital and four in serious condition.

Despite appeals from opposition leaders not to resort to violence, and a personal intervention from boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko, protesters continued to throw smoke bombs and hurl fireworks and other objects at police.

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