Despite the ongoing efforts of the rest of the world to ignore what is rapidly escalating into a potential pivot point in global geopolitics, Ukraine has gone from bad to worse in the last few hours with 3 dead and hundreds injured:
- *UKRAINE RIOT POLICE AMASS ON PERIMETER OF INDEPENDENCE SQUARE
- *KIEV SUBWAY SYSTEM SHUT DOWN, INTERFAX SAYS
- *UKRAINE OPPOSITION: ALL WOMEN SHOULD LEAVE INDEPENDENCE SQUARE
- *UKRAINE RIOT POLICE DISMANTLING BARRICADES APPROACHING MAIDAN
The riot police have been told to 'impose order by all means envisaged' and it appears they are rapidly moving towards that goal.
Ukrainian security forces on Tuesday set protesters a 6 p.m. 1600 gmt) deadline to end street disturbances or face "tough measures", a statement said.
The State Security Service (SBU), in a joint statement with the interior ministry, said: "If by 6 p.m. the disturbances have not ended, we will be obliged to restore order by all means envisaged by law.
"If the disturbances continue we will be forced to resort to tough measures," it said.
The statement followed a day of violence in the Ukrainian capital Kiev as protesters clashed violently with police near the parliament building, with unconfirmed reports of three people being killed.