The event of riots between government opponents and security forces several people are in Kiev apparently on both sides were killed and dozens injured. The Ukrainian leadership presented the demonstrators an ultimatum for an end to violent resistance.
First time in three weeks, there have been street battles between protesters and government security forces again in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Around 20,000 people were trying Tuesday morning to get to the parliament building. Also, the headquarters of the party of President Viktor Yanukovych has been a goal of government opponents.
When they were stopped by a police barrier, they threw stones at police and set two police trucks on fire. The security forces then fired from glare and smoke grenades. They used tear gas and even rubber bullets. With the march to parliament, the Rada, the demonstrators wanted to put pressure on MPs to vote for a constitutional reform and curtailment of power of Yanukovych.
Due to the bloody street battles, the authorities have the subway completely closed. “All the stops are. Metro does not run anymore,” said a Metro spokesperson for the agency Interfax.
Thus, the transport threatened in the metropolis with about 2.8 million inhabitants collapse. First four metro stations were closed in the center. The police moved up to the positions of the opposition in the city center.
The exact number of victims, there are different information. Opposition physicians reported of three protesters killed. The opponents of the government had come by gunfire killed, said Oleg Mussiji, head of the medical team of the opposition. In addition, therefore, at least 150 protesters were injured. A protesters have a hand must be amputated. Most injuries were to the use of stun grenades back by riot police, the doctors said.
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The MPs Lesya Orobets reported by Facebook also three fatalities. Another seven people were seriously injured and close to death.
The Interior Ministry reported on the other hand, when the riots five security officers were seriously injured by gunfire. 37 additional police officers were therefore attacked by protesters. In the opinion of the Ministry, it was said that demonstrators had also tried to storm the parliament building. From an opposite house they threw smoke bombs allegedly in the Parliament, civil servants were jumped from the windows.
The Ukrainian government presented the protesters an ultimatum : Protesters have two hours to end their violent protests , declared the Ukrainian Interior Ministry and the state protection. Otherwise, would the security forces from 18 clock (local time , 17 clock CET ) access ” serious ” measures to stop the violence.
For months, tens of thousands of anti-government protest in Ukraine against the pro-Russian policy of President Viktor Yanukovych. They call for a closer association with the European Union.
For the recent escalation of violence , the Russian government blamed the West. Western politicians and European institutions close our eyes to the aggressive actions of radical forces and tolerated the procedure , the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said on Tuesday . On the opposition appealed to Russia to seek dialogue with the government , rather than to express threats and ultimatums .
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