At least seven civilivans and two police officials are dead after a violent conflict broke out during demonstrations in Kieve, Ukraine’s Independence Square.

Protestors angered by Russia-backed President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to accept a Russian economic bailout rather than pursuing a trade agreement with the European Union were given until 6 p.m. to leave the central square or face “tough measures”. When protests continued, police forces broke through front-line barricades at a nearby soccer stadium and advanced on the square. They were met with small petrol bombs and firworks before responding with water cannon bursts.

At this time, it appears that protesters are burning tires and throwing Molotov cocktails as officials retaliate with tear gas and rubber bullets.

A live feed from the RT news service shows fires and clashes continuing as police try to pacify protestors. That live feed can be viewed by clicking here.