Pro-European Union demonstrators continue to build barricades in Independence Square in the centre of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
More barricades have recently appeared on Khreschatyk Street between the Central Department Store and the opposite side of the street, Interfax-Ukraine reported. Barricades also span the width of the street, including the pedestrian area. The construction of barricades has already been completed on the European Square and the Instytutska Street. The barricades are made of snow, sacks, car tires, fence boards, as well as iron rods and iron nets. Independence Square's section between the Main Post Office and the corner of the House of Trade Unions and the Independence column is packed with protesters. Many demonstrators are standing near barricades on Instytutska Street. The area around the presidential administration offices on Bankova Street has been sealed off by shield-wielding police. The street is also blocked by police buses. Several dozen protesters can be seen near the cordon put up by law enforcement services on Bankova Street. Bankova Street has not been cleared of snow as properly as Khreschatyk, Interfax-Ukraine said. Sadova Street is blocked by buses and trucks, including a firefighting machine owned by the city's emergency service, at its intersection with Instytutska Street. Shovkovychna Street is blocked by Kamaz trucks and buses at its intersection with Instytutska Street in the direction of the parliamentary building. No protesters can be seen outside the government and parliamentary headquarters. No serious public order offences were registered last night, a Ukrainian Interior Ministry spokesman said. Up to 5,000 people are present in Independence Square as of Thursday morning, and another 200 can be seen in the Mariyinsky Park, which is located near the parliamentary building, the Interior Ministry said.