The sentencing of three far-right activists sparked violent clashes in Ukraine last night leaving dozens of people injured, Euronews reports.

The trouble erupted as a large crowd gathered in support of the alleged terror plot defendants who were jailed for six years for trying to blow up a statue of Lenin in 2011.

Among those hurt was the former interior minister and opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko. He was hospitalised in an intensive care ward.

It came as protesters blocked buses carrying police amid ongoing anti-government rallies over the government’s decision not to sign a cooperation deal with the European Union.

“We already said: we won’t be beaten up. We will keep on coming and protesting. We have nothing to protect ourselves with – no clubs, no shields. But we do have dignity,” one demonstrator told.