Final Post (barring major developments)
--December 8 live blog here
-- President Viktor Yanukovych announced he had accepted a plan to hold a "national roundtable" with the opposition. In a statement
on his official website, he said he plans on meeting with the three former Ukrainian presidents on December 10.
-- Towards early evening, riot police surrounded several protests encampments near the government quarter, beginning the process of taking down barricades and encampments. Protesters and police are now locked in standoff on several streets.
-- Security forces raided the offices of the Batkivschyna (Fatherland) political party of Yulia Tymoshenko, taking the party's servers. The Interior Ministry issued a statement later, saying they were investigating fraudulent claims to property.
-- The raid and the moves to tear down protest camps have prompted indignation from the West. U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden "expressed deep concern" in a phone call with Yanukovych. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, who is flying to Kyiv on Tuesday, said the events "seriously risk" derailing a chance at compromise.
The talk this afternoon among journalists appears to be of an imminent crackdown. According to "Kyiv Post
," a Svoboda party leader said police were preparing water cannons.
Activists inside the building have set up defense mechanisms.
This is right outside City Hall.
Tweet from the Fatherland party says that roads approaching Independence Square are surrounded on all sides by security forces.
Protesters preparing inside an occupied Kyiv administration building.
Only members of the press are being allowed by police to pass through the cordon into the Kyiv City Hall, according to "Kyiv Post
." There are 200-300 people inside.
According to a "Kyiv Post" editor.
An opposition leader, Yuri Lutsenko, tries to calm protesters, telling them there has been no order to disperse the crowds.