Police pull back from confrontation in Ukraine

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Ukrainian riot police storm Pro-European Union activists gathered in their tent camps on the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Security forces clashed with protesters as they began tearing down opposition barricades and tents set up in the center of the Ukrainian capital early Wednesday, in an escalation of the weeks-long standoff threatening the leadership of President Viktor Yanukovych. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Police in Ukraine have pulled back after an overnight confrontation in which they attempted to remove barricades and tents from protesters' camp and scuffled with demonstrators

Buses carrying police drove away from Kiev's Independence Square early Wednesday to cheers from protesters.

Another group of police that had been stationed outside the Kiev city hall building, which has been occupied by protesters for weeks, also departed from the scene.

Arseny Yatsenyuk, a top opposition leader, says "this is a great victory."

Protesters have been gathering around the clock to demand the resignation of the government in a crisis that threatens the leadership of President Viktor Yanukovych.