#AceBreakingNews says latest `Kiev’ 15:25 GMT:
Opposition leaders have left the presidential administration building after meeting with Yanukovich. However, they declined to comment, the pro-opposition Ukrainska Pravda on-line newspaper posted on its Twitter page.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice has expressed concerns over foreign diplomats visiting administrative buildings seized by the opposition. That is where “militants that are preparing Molotov cocktails,” Justice Minister Elena Lukash said, calling for European countries to condemn the violence committed by protesters in Kiev.
The Ukrainian army will not be deployed to “take part” in the “events, connected to the protest in Kiev,” the Ministry of Defense told the Interfax news agency.
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says he does not see signs that the “regime” in Kiev is ready to sit down with the opposition. ”It is extremely serious. There is no question that the responsibility lies with the regime. The regime has a responsibility to sit down with the opposition, but unfortunately I don’t see any sign of them doing it,” Bildt said.
When asked about the EU response to Ukraine violence, he replied: “It remains to be seen but certainly not business as usual after this.”
Supporters of European integration of Ukraine during riots on Grushevskogo Street in Kiev. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)Supporters of European integration of Ukraine during riots on Grushevskogo Street in Kiev. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)
The Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations have called for an end to bloodshed in the country, harshly condemning the killing of innocent civilians. The Council requested an urgent meeting with both the president and opposition leaders.
Heavy smoke from burning tires has forced Berkut special police forces to retreat.
Medics have extracted the bullets from the bodies of the two dead men. It has been established that one of the victims was killed by a shot from a sniper rifle with a 7.62 mm caliber bullet. The second man was mortally wounded by a 9 mm bullet, apparently from a Makarov pistol, local espreso.tv said.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has been negotiating with opposition leaders and a working group for 2.5 hours. No details have emerged from the ongoing meeting.
Riot policemen prepare a a Molotov cocktail during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)Riot policemen prepare a a Molotov cocktail during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
A 22-year-old man, who earlier was proclaimed dead after falling from a 13-meter-high colonnade in front of Dynamo Stadium, is alive, doctors from a local hospital have said as cited by espreso.tv. The “radical activists”, as called by police, used the vantage point in Grushchevskovo Street to bombard riot police with petrol bombs and stones.
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