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Dozens of people have been killed and injured in renewed clashes in Kiev that have shattered a ceasefire agreement that only held for a few hours. Central Kiev erupted in battles, smoke, grenades and gunfire on Thursday morning as bands of young male protesters drove riot police lines back from Independence Square and took control over a much larger swath of territory.
President Yanukovych has blamed the latest violence on the protesters, accusing them of using firearms against the police. A statement from his office said. “They are shooting to kill. The number of dead and injured among police officers is dozens.” Protesters say the police have fired multiple live rounds, a claim that appeared to be supported by video and photographic evidence.
Russia continues to use aggressive rhetoric about the crisis. Prime minister Dmitry Medvedev urged President Yanukovych not to be a “doormat”. Foreign minister Sergie Lavrov accused the EU of “blackmail” by threatening sanctions.
Three European foreign ministers are in Kiev for separate talks with opposition leaders and President Yanukovych’s government, in an effort to end the bloodshed. Later today European foreign minsters will discuss imposing sanctions on Ukraine’s leaders.
A senior municipal official in Kiev is reported to have resigned from President Yanukovych’s Party of the Regions, over a decision to close the metro system. Interfax reported that city boss Vladimir Makeyenko has resigned from the ruling party and ordered the metro to be reopened after it was closed to stop protesters reinforcing Independence Square from outside.
The EU and the US are threatening targeted sanctions against Ukranian officials they hold responsible for the violence in Kiev that has killed at least 26 people and injured more than 200. In a foretaste of the broader package of sanctions under consideration, the US announced on Wednesday that it had imposed visa travel bans on around 20 senior members of the Ukrainian government.
Barack Obama has sharply criticised Russian support for the crackdown in Ukraine, calling for a transitional government in Kiev and personally accusing Vladimir Putin of failing to respect basic freedoms in both countries. In his most explicit comments yet on alleged Kremlin involvement, Obama said: “Our goal is to make sure that the people of Ukraine are able to make decisions for themselves about their future ... There are times, I hope, where Russia will recognise that over the long term they should be on board with those values and interests as well. Right now there are times where we have strong disagreements.”
The EU Council’s draft statement on the situation in the former Soviet Republic suggests a ban on the shipment to Ukraine of “arms, dual-use technology, and means that can be used for internal repression” by all members of the European Union, reports Itar-Tass.
reply to post by Agent_USA_Supporter
You, sir, are either completely blind or just haven't watched any of the videos. I've seen Ukrainian police beat people in the fetal position with batons, I even remember seeing a man laying on the ground, obviously unconscious, with riot police stepping over him only to stop and take swings at him.
Both sides are being extremely violent and careless in this awful situation and for you to say otherwise is ignorant and proof that you haven't watched the videos in their entirety.
You, sir, are either completely blind or just haven't watched any of the videos.
Not sure if it change anything but i think what was in that video: VIDEO
was an air rifle. Notice how you never see him shoot unlike the pistol guy.
Something in the vein of: THIS
edit on 20-2-2014 by Treasurechase because: (no reason given)