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UKRAINE – At least 100,000 protesters packed Independence Square in Kiev on Sunday in a continued demonstration against the Ukrainian government’s decision to not sign a landmark trade deal with the European Union.

Riot police lined up to protect the office of President Viktor Yanukovych, whose decision last month not to sign the deal sparked the public outrage.

Police officials told CNN that at least 15 officers were hospitalized after clashes with protesters, who at one point used a bulldozer to try to break through a barricade. Some protesters were seen setting objects on fire and throwing them at security forces. Others broke through a police barrier that was protecting a Christmas tree, climbed the tree and topped it with the Ukrainian flag.

Kiev city officials said 53 protesters asked for medical assistance.