Riot police in the city of Lviv, Ukraine, apologised on their knees to residents for taking part in operations against anti-government protesters in Kiev, but insisted they were not violent.
The apology took place as part of a rally in central Lviv last night.
Ukraine's interim President has expressed concerns about signs of separatism as opposition in Russian-speaking regions grows.
Hundreds of Ukrainians and journalists flocked to the presidential palace, as reports emerged that President Yanukovich had left the city.
Vitali Klitschko was met with boos from anti-government protesters, as he attempted to convince them a peace deal is best course of action.