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Protests against decision to snub EU deal continue in tense Ukrainian capital

An activist holds a European Union flag during a rally at European Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Demonstators rallied in the center of Kiev to demand that the Ukrainian government reverse course and sign a landmark agreement with the European Union in defiance of Russia. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

An activist holds a European Union flag during a rally at European Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Demonstators rallied in the center of Kiev to demand that the Ukrainian government reverse course and sign a landmark agreement with the European Union in defiance of Russia. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of angry Ukrainians have clashed with riot police outside the government building as protests continue in Kiev over the government's abrupt decision to pause integration with the West and tilt toward Moscow.

The scuffle Monday morning follows a large protest in the heart of Kiev Sunday, the biggest since the 2004 Orange Revolution. Tens of thousands of people turned up to protest President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to snub a potentially historic deal with the EU and focus on ties with Moscow, after immense pressure from Russia. Protests continued overnight, with demonstrators camping out in tents on a central square.

On Monday, hundreds clashed with riot police, throwing traffic cones and other objects at officers wearing gas masks and armed with rubber batons.