Ukraine death toll rises to 28 dead, 287 hospitalized

An anti-government protesters stand outside the remains of the Trade Union building on Kiev's Independence Square during clashes with riot police. (AFP)

Ukraine's health ministry on Thursday raised the death toll from the crisis-hit country's worst violence in its post-Soviet history to 28 from 26, adding that 287 people remained hospitalised.

The ministry said in a statement on its website that four children under the age of 18 and two foreign citizens were among those injured in unprecedented clashes that broke out on Tuesday night in the heart of Kiev between thousands of pro-EU protesters and hundreds of riot police.

It added that 88 law enforcement agents and one member of parliament were among those hurt.

The violence saw the Ukrainian government  on Wednesday declare plans to impose a state of emergency.

President Viktor Yanukovych called a "truce" and proposed direct negotiations with the opposition after a meeting with three top anti-government lawmakers on Wednesday night.

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