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Police storm protest camps in central Kiev

English.news.cn   2014-02-19 03:49:13
 • Ukrainian riot police on Tuesday evening stormed protest camps in central Kiev.
 • Police surrounded the Independence Square, dismantling barricades and dispersing demonstrators.
• 3 officers and seven civilians were killed in a confrontation between the police and demonstrators in Kiev.


KIEV, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian riot police on Tuesday evening stormed protest camps in central Kiev, Ukraine, after the violent unrest broke out earlier in the day, which left at least ten people dead.

Police surrounded the Independence Square, the main site where protesters had camped, at around 8 p.m. local time (1800 GMT), dismantling barricades and dispersing demonstrators with stun grenades and water cannon.

During the day, at least three officers and seven civilians were killed in a violent confrontation between the police and demonstrators in downtown Kiev.

The clashes also left hundreds of people from the both sides of the conflict injured.

On Tuesday morning, protesters attacked police with Molotov cocktails outside the parliament building. Police officers responded with stun grenades and tear gas.

The unrest marked the latest wave of clashes between demonstrators and riot police in the almost three-month-long political standoff, which began last November as peaceful demonstrations calling for the country's European integration.

The rallies turned violent on Jan. 19, when radical activists attacked riot police with fireworks and petrol bombs. At least four people were reportedly killed and hundreds of others, including police officers, injured during those clashes.


Ukraine urges objective int'l evaluation of violence in Kiev

KIEV, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian Acting Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara on Tuesday asked the international community to make an objective evaluation of the recent violence in central Kiev.

"We call on foreign governments and international organizations to make a fair and impartial assessment of the situation in Ukraine," Kozhara was quoted by the Foreign Ministry's press office as saying.    Full story

Ukraine's protest amnesty law takes effect

KIEV, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- The amnesty law, which drops criminal charges against protesters arrested during the unrest in Ukraine between Dec. 27 and Feb. 2, took effect on Monday, according to the General Prosecutor's Office.

During the weekend, demonstrators ended their occupation of administrative buildings across the country and dismantled some barricades in central Kiev in a move to fulfill the amnesty conditions set by the authorities.   Full story

Editor: Liu Dan
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