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After violent night, Kiev girds for large protest

  • Medics transport an injured protester during an attack of the Ukrainian House building in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. New violence erupted in Ukraine's capital during the night as a large crowd attacked the government exposition and conference hall where police were stationed inside. Early Sunday, demonstrators were throwing firebombs into the Ukrainian House building and setting off fireworks, and police responded with tear gas. (AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman)The Associated Press

  • Fireworks explode as police officers cover themselves with shields as protesters attack the Ukrainian House building in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. New violence erupted in Ukraine's capital during the night as a large crowd attacked the government exposition and conference hall where police were stationed inside. Early Sunday, demonstrators were throwing firebombs into the Ukrainian House building and setting off fireworks, and police responded with tear gas. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)The Associated Press

  • Protesters negotiate with police during an attack of the Ukrainian House building in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. New violence erupted in Ukraine's capital during the night as a large crowd attacked the government exposition and conference hall where police were stationed inside. Early Sunday, demonstrators were throwing firebombs into the Ukrainian House building and setting off fireworks, and police responded with tear gas. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)The Associated Press

  • Opposition activists throw stones against riot police during the seizure of the Ukrainian House in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. New violence erupted in Ukraine's capital during the night as a large crowd attacked the government exposition and conference hall where police were stationed inside. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)The Associated Press

  • Protesters attack the Ukrainian House in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. New violence erupted in Ukraine's capital during the night as a large crowd attacked the government exposition and conference hall where police were stationed inside. Early Sunday, demonstrators were throwing firebombs into the Ukrainian House building and setting off fireworks, and police responded with tear gas. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)The Associated Press

After a violent night when protesters besieged a building where police were sheltering, Ukraine's capital is preparing for a large demonstration that will test the opposition's determination and authorities' patience.

Throughout Ukraine's two-month-long political crisis, Sunday rallies have typically attracted crowds of tens of thousands and sometimes much larger.

The latest rally comes a day after beleaguered President Viktor Yanukovych offered the country's prime minister post to one of the opposition's top leaders. While not rejecting the offer outright, Arseniy Yatsenyuk said more of the opposition's demands must be met, including Yanukovych's resignation. He vowed protests will continue.

Late Saturday, demonstrators threw firebombs and rocks into a building in central Kiev where about 200 police were sheltering. After several hours, the crowd formed a corridor and allowed police to leave.