Ukraine: “Violence, Molotov’s and Tear Gas `Mar Second Day’ in Capital”

#AceNewsServices says Molotovs v tear gas: Unrest in Ukraine’s capital enters second day

Published time: January 20, 2014 16:29
Edited time: January 20, 2014 17:33
Pro-European integration protesters carry Molotov cocktails during clashes with police in Kiev January 20, 2014 (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)Pro-European integration protesters carry Molotov cocktails during clashes with police in Kiev January 20, 2014 (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)
Ukrainian police have used tear gas and stun grenades after pro-EU protesters began throwing Molotov cocktails at officers. The clashes followed violence at the protests in the country’s capital, Kiev, on the previous day.

The protesters climbed atop the main gate of the Dynamo football stadium, using it as a strongpoint to bombard the police’s special forces with Molotov cocktails.

The officers, who were trying to prevent protesters from entering the governmental offices district, were forced to retreat, RIA Novosti news agency reports.

Fire brigade teams have arrived at Kiev’s European Square to put out fires, burning riot police shields and officers’ uniforms.

Every now and then we see the injured being carried on stretchers to ambulance cars. In the last 15 minutes we have seen 4 of those

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 20, 2014

The demonstrators have delivered gasoline canisters and empty bottles to make more Molotov cocktails.

The police opted for tear gas and stun grenades in order to contain the rioting crowd, which local media estimate at around 2,000.

One of our cameramen was saved by a plastic shield he wore on his back. It blocked a metal bullet fired by the police

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 20, 2014

The protesters have also built a wooden catapult on European Square. The 3-meter-tall ballistic device was put to use with a shot was fired in the direction of the police. The projectile flew less than 10 meters, however, and no casualties were reported.

Protesters carry a wooden board to build barricades during clashes with the police in Kiev on January 20, 2014 (AFP Photo / Sergey Supinsky)Protesters carry a wooden board to build barricades during clashes with the police in Kiev on January 20, 2014 (AFP Photo / Sergey Supinsky)

More than 100 people sought medical assistance from doctors after the first day of violence on Sunday, with 61 police officers picking up injuries during the riot. Over 30 people were detained.

The clashes in Kiev erupted after a massive rally held in Independence Square on Sunday, where protesters spoke out against the set of laws adopted by the Ukrainian government last week.

The new legislation toughens responsibility for participation in mass protests, restricts access to Internet websites involved in distribution of illegal information and introduces criminal punishment for libel and defamation of war memorials.

The situation in Ukraine has been tense since November 21, when the authorities suspended preparations for the signing of an association agreement with the EU.

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