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11:22 GMT:
11:11 GMT:

The Israeli security cabinet has agreed to a truce with Palestinian militant movement Hamas after discussions in Egypt. There was no immediate confirmation from Hamas or affiliated groups that they would support a ceasefire.

10:09 GMT:

Three mortar shells have been fired from Gaza after Israeli authorities and Hamas agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire, said Israel’s military. Earlier, Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that two rockets from Gaza fell on the territory of southern Israel two hours after the truce began. The rockets caused no injuries or damages, he added.

08:01 GMT:

Israeli tank fire has struck a house in Southern Gaza minutes before Israeli officials and Hamas agreed on a humanitarian ceasefire Thursday morning, reported medics. The attack killed three Gaza residents and seriously injured four other people, according to Emergency Services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra.

00:47 GMT:

UN confirms receiving confirmation of a 5-hour “humanitarian pause” of the Israeli assault on Gaza.

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process“received confirmation from the Government of Israel that a humanitarian pause will commence today, 17 July, at 10:00 a.m., for the duration of 5 hours,” the statement said, urging Hamas to respect this decision.

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`UKRAINE CRISIS – DAILY – UPDATE – MAY 11 – MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – DAILY – UPDATE – SATURDAY – MAY 11

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Sunday, May 11

19:22 GMT:

The polling stations in the Donetsk region closed at 10pm local time. The voter turnout exceeded 71 percent, said the electoral commission.

19:14 GMT:

Voters in a referendum on independence in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, in the eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, were “incredibly active,” a member of the Russian Presidential Council on Human Rights, Maksim Shevchenko told RIA Novosti.

I saw a very elderly [WWII] veteran going to the referendum – already a great-grandfather. He was walking with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, young people,” Shevchenko said. “I talked to many people of different ages and all of them said that generally they support the idea of a referendum and would vote,” he said.

The Rights Council member was in Ukraine to mediate a dialogue between the conflicting sides of the ongoing crisis.He said he did not monitor the voting as an observer because he was not given such powers by the body.

18:49 GMT:
18:47 GMT:

The UK’s Foreign Office condemned the referendum in eastern Ukraine saying that it is illegitimate and Ukrainians should instead be concentrating on the May 25 presidential elections.

“It is regrettable that separatists who are causing so much disruption to the lives of ordinary citizens are going ahead with their illegitimate, so-called referendum today,” a spokesman said. “All Ukrainians will have a proper opportunity to express their democratic choice in the forthcoming presidential elections on 25 May. The focus must be on ensuring that free and fair elections can go ahead in a calm and stable environment.”

18:26 GMT:

About 1,500 residents of Barannikovo in Kremensky district of the Lugansk region are attempting to prevent Ukraine’s National Guard’s tanks and armored vehicles from entering their village, according to local self-defense.

I am hearing gunshots through the phone. I know that two people have been wounded,” Vasiliy Nikitin, the head of the press service for Lugansk People’s Republic referendum on independence told Interfax.

18:22 GMT:

The European Union said it would not recognize the result of a referendum on self-rule held by rebels in east Ukraine on Sunday, calling it illegal.

The so-called referenda in … parts of Lugansk and Donetsk regions were illegal and we do not recognize the outcome. Those who organized the referenda have no democratic legitimacy,” Maja Kocijancic, a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said in e-mailed comments to Reuters.

She said holding the referendum ran counter to the objectives of an agreement reached by Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the United States last month aimed at defusing the Ukraine crisis. (Reuters)

18:20 GMT:
17:16 GMT:

There are reports of people killed near the polling station in Krasnoarmeysk, the city in eastern Ukraine that was taking part in the referendum on federalization. The information appeared on the twitter page of a Russian journalist Ilya Azar.

16:34 GMT:

Ukraine’s National Guard has seized the polling stations in the eastern city of Krasnoarmeysk and the voting was closed.All the people in the election district were evacuated. All voting bulletins were saved and taken away by the electoral commission.The voting turnout was nearly 78 percent, while over 47,000 people voted.

16:02 GMT:

The referendum in Slavyansk has ended. The polling stations worked from 8am till 6pm local time, and closed early due to security risks in the city circled by the Ukrainian military. The voting turnout in the city itself was 80 percent according to the electoral commission. While in the nearby towns the turnout was a little higher. Other polling stations in the eastern part of Ukraine will be open until 8pm.

16:02 GMT:

The referendum in Slavyansk has ended. The polling stations worked from 8am till 6pm local time, and closed early due to security risks in the city circled by the Ukrainian military. The voting turnout in the city itself was 80 percent according to the electoral commission. While in the nearby towns the turnout was a little higher. Other polling stations in the eastern part of Ukraine will be open until 8pm.

15:51 GMT:

Kiev’s armed forces entered the town of Krasnoarmeysk in the Donetsk region and seized four school buildings where residents were voting in the referendum undermining the election.

15:44 GMT:

France will not recognise the referendums’ results in eastern Ukraine, President Francois Hollande said during a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan. He called them illegal, saying they are “meaningless.”

15:44 GMT:

Oleg Lyashko, leader of the Radical Party and candidate for Ukrainian president, has denied reports that he was taken captive in Mariupol on his Facebook page. However, the people’s mayor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, told RT that Lyashko was detained by the self-defence forces.

15:01 GMT:
14:59 GMT:

Voting in the city of Krasnoarmeysk, the Donetsk Region, has reportedly stopped and will not be resumed after Ukrainian troops seized four polling stations and the city council building.

13:45 GMT:

The “people’s governor” of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, who has been freed from prison in Kiev, said that “physical force and moral suasion” was applied on him there, RIA Novosti reported. The anti-Kiev activist, currently in Slavyansk and protected by self-defence activists, added that he doesn’t want to “try on the halo of a martyr.” During his month in jail, he said that he did not communicate with investigators or testify. Gubarev told journalists in Slavyansk that the conditions in detention were bad. “I have been sleeping for a month on iron bunks without a mattress,” he said.

13:37 GMT:
13:23 GMT:

Lugansk region residents eager to take part in the ongoing referendum concerning the federalisation of Ukraine will be provided with mobile electoral commissions. Residents have phoned the electoral commission, asking them to organise mobile voting points for them, as their cities have been encircled by APCs from Kiev’s armed forces.

13:06 GMT:

Anti-government activists claim they have detained presidential candidate Oleg Lyashko. That was announced by a representative of self-defense forces at a meeting near the city council building in Mariupol.

13:02 GMT:

The referendum in Slavyansk has ended. The polling stations worked from 8am till 6pm local time, and closed early due to security risks in the city circled by the Ukrainian military. The voting turnout in the city itself was 80 percent according to the electoral commission. While in the nearby towns the turnout was a little higher. Other polling stations in the eastern part of Ukraine will be open until 8pm.

15:51 GMT:

Kiev’s armed forces entered the town of Krasnoarmeysk in the Donetsk region and seized four school buildings where residents were voting in the referendum undermining the election.

15:44 GMT:

France will not recognise the referendums’ results in eastern Ukraine, President Francois Hollande said during a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan. He called them illegal, saying they are “meaningless.”

15:44 GMT:

Oleg Lyashko, leader of the Radical Party and candidate for Ukrainian president, has denied reports that he was taken captive in Mariupol on his Facebook page. However, the people’s mayor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, told RT that Lyashko was detained by the self-defence forces.

15:01 GMT:

 

14:59 GMT:

Voting in the city of Krasnoarmeysk, the Donetsk Region, has reportedly stopped and will not be resumed after Ukrainian troops seized four polling stations and the city council building.

13:45 GMT:

The “people’s governor” of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, who has been freed from prison in Kiev, said that “physical force and moral suasion” was applied on him there, RIA Novosti reported. The anti-Kiev activist, currently in Slavyansk and protected by self-defence activists, added that he doesn’t want to “try on the halo of a martyr.” During his month in jail, he said that he did not communicate with investigators or testify. Gubarev told journalists in Slavyansk that the conditions in detention were bad. “I have been sleeping for a month on iron bunks without a mattress,” he said.

13:37 GMT:

 

 

13:23 GMT:

Lugansk region residents eager to take part in the ongoing referendum concerning the federalisation of Ukraine will be provided with mobile electoral commissions. Residents have phoned the electoral commission, asking them to organise mobile voting points for them, as their cities have been encircled by APCs from Kiev’s armed forces.

13:06 GMT:

Anti-government activists claim they have detained presidential candidate Oleg Lyashko. That was announced by a representative of self-defense forces at a meeting near the city council building in Mariupol.

 

12:38 GMT:

More than fifty percent of voters in the Donetsk region have already cast their ballots, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin. He added, that the referendum results could be made public Monday afternoon.

12:22 GMT:

Donetsk self-defense forces say the Ukrainian army has blocked several roads in the region, Gazeta.ru reported. The same source says that the city council building in the town of Krasnoarmeysk, in the Donetsk region, was taken over by the Ukrainian National Guard.

11:31 GMT:

The people’s governor of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, told journalists that Donetsk and Lugansk will emerge as new legal entities as a result of the referendum.

The referendum for us is about creating a new state paradigm,” he said.

11:20 GMT:
11:10 GMT:

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry says the results of the referendum in Donetsk and Lugansk regions won’t affect the country’s territorial integrity and form of government.

Organizers of this criminal farce have consciously violated the Ukrainian constitution and laws, and have neglected calls coming from the authorities in Ukraine and from the international community,” the ministry’s statement reads.

10:46 GMT:
10:38 GMT:

A man fired several gunshots at the ceiling in a polling station in Donetsk, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, RIA Novosti reports. Lyagin said the gun was a traumatic one and the man was quickly detained.

10:37 GMT:
10:25 GMT:

The death toll from Odessa’s May 2 riots has risen to 47, after 34-year-old Evgeny Losinsky, who was shot in the stomach, died in the hospital, Itar-Tass reports.

10:15 GMT:

The referendum turnout in the Lugansk region has already reached 65 percent, according to the chairman of the local referendum committee, Aleksandr Malykhin, RIA Novosti reported.

12:38 GMT:

More than fifty percent of voters in the Donetsk region have already cast their ballots, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin. He added, that the referendum results could be made public Monday afternoon.

12:22 GMT:

Donetsk self-defense forces say the Ukrainian army has blocked several roads in the region, Gazeta.ru reported. The same source says that the city council building in the town of Krasnoarmeysk, in the Donetsk region, was taken over by the Ukrainian National Guard.

11:31 GMT:

The people’s governor of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, told journalists that Donetsk and Lugansk will emerge as new legal entities as a result of the referendum.

The referendum for us is about creating a new state paradigm,” he said.

11:20 GMT:
11:10 GMT:

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry says the results of the referendum in Donetsk and Lugansk regions won’t affect the country’s territorial integrity and form of government.

Organizers of this criminal farce have consciously violated the Ukrainian constitution and laws, and have neglected calls coming from the authorities in Ukraine and from the international community,” the ministry’s statement reads.

10:46 GMT:
10:38 GMT:

A man fired several gunshots at the ceiling in a polling station in Donetsk, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, RIA Novosti reports. Lyagin said the gun was a traumatic one and the man was quickly detained.

10:37 GMT:
10:25 GMT:

The death toll from Odessa’s May 2 riots has risen to 47, after 34-year-old Evgeny Losinsky, who was shot in the stomach, died in the hospital, Itar-Tass reports.

10:15 GMT:

The referendum turnout in the Lugansk region has already reached 65 percent, according to the chairman of the local referendum committee, Aleksandr Malykhin, RIA Novosti reported.

12:38 GMT:

More than fifty percent of voters in the Donetsk region have already cast their ballots, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin. He added, that the referendum results could be made public Monday afternoon.

12:22 GMT:

Donetsk self-defense forces say the Ukrainian army has blocked several roads in the region, Gazeta.ru reported. The same source says that the city council building in the town of Krasnoarmeysk, in the Donetsk region, was taken over by the Ukrainian National Guard.

11:31 GMT:

The people’s governor of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, told journalists that Donetsk and Lugansk will emerge as new legal entities as a result of the referendum.

The referendum for us is about creating a new state paradigm,” he said.

11:20 GMT:
11:10 GMT:

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry says the results of the referendum in Donetsk and Lugansk regions won’t affect the country’s territorial integrity and form of government.

Organizers of this criminal farce have consciously violated the Ukrainian constitution and laws, and have neglected calls coming from the authorities in Ukraine and from the international community,” the ministry’s statement reads.

10:46 GMT:
10:38 GMT:

A man fired several gunshots at the ceiling in a polling station in Donetsk, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, RIA Novosti reports. Lyagin said the gun was a traumatic one and the man was quickly detained.

10:37 GMT:
10:25 GMT:

The death toll from Odessa’s May 2 riots has risen to 47, after 34-year-old Evgeny Losinsky, who was shot in the stomach, died in the hospital, Itar-Tass reports.

10:15 GMT:

The referendum turnout in the Lugansk region has already reached 65 percent, according to the chairman of the local referendum committee, Aleksandr Malykhin, RIA Novosti reported.

09:32 GMT:

Kiev’s military operation in the Donetsk region towns of Krasny Liman, Slavyansk and Kramatorsk has entered its final stage, according to the acting head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, Sergey Pashinsky, Interfax reported. Pashinsky said “a lot of separatists have been eliminated during the operation,” but did not provide any figures.

09:30 GMT:

People flocked to a polling station in Ukraine’s Mariupol Sunday morning, as several locations across the city did not open fearing violence. Citizens of the two southeastern regions of Ukraine are being asked if they “support the Act of state self-rule” of Donetsk People’s Republic or Lugansk People’s Republic.

09:06 GMT:

Turnout at the referendum in the Donetsk Region has already exceeded 30 percent according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, as reports ITAR-TASS.

“Voting is taking place in most of the cities in the Donetsk Region and it has been very interesting,” Lyagin commented. “We did not even expect such a turnout, but the commission is coping. We have already broken the 30 percent barrier. We think that by around midday, this figure may be about 35 percent, but we are expecting things to really pick up towards the evening,” the head of the Central Election Commission added.

08:27 GMT:

Communication has been lost with two territorial self-determination referendum committees in the town of Krasny Liman, in southeast Ukraine’s Donetsk region, the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, said, according RIA Novosti.

Lyagin said a military operation is currently going on in that area.

08:02 GMT:

People in Mariupol are showing their ballot papers and how they have voted.

07:46 GMT:

Turnout at the referendum is exceptionally high, the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, told Interfax.

The turnout is not just high, it’s off the charts,” Lyagin said. “People are queuing up at polling stations, and election commissions are working at full capacity.”

In Lugansk, 22 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots two hours after the polls opened, a leader of the city’s self-defense forces, Vasily Nikitin, told RIA Novosti.

07:28 GMT:

No members of the self-defense squads in Slavyansk were killed during the overnight and morning artillery attacks carried out by Kiev’s armed forces, the city “people’s mayor,” Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, told journalists.

07:15 GMT:

#Referendum: Some problems are reported. Communication issues are registered acc. to local sources.

— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 11, 2014

07:08 GMT:

An attempt at provocation has been registered in Lugansk, where a group of people tried to take away ballot papers from voters, a representative of the city’s self-defense forces, Vasily Nikitin, told RIA Novosti. He said the attempt to disrupt voting was foiled and the incident is being investigated.

06:55 GMT:

Journalists from RT’s Ruptly video agency say that no armed people can be seen around polling stations in Donetsk.

06:51 GMT:

 

The coordinator of the central election commission of the “Donetsk People’s Republic”, Boris Litvinov, says the voting process is the most problematic in Mariupol, which witnessed deadly clashes on Friday. Only eight polling stations have been opened there. Those willing to vote have to wait for their turn in huge queues.

 

 

06:26 GMT:

No casualties are reported by Slavyansk self-defense forces, following shelling overnight and this morning of checkpoints on the city’s outskirts by Kiev’s troops, the “people’s mayor” of Slavyansk, Vyacheclav Ponomaryov, told journalists, according to RIA Novosti.

06:15 GMT:

The voters in Lugansk are arriving at the city’s polling stations. Some of them are guarded by armed self-defense units. The situation in the city remains calm.

 

06:03 GMT:

The polling stations have opened in Slavyansk on time, despite heavy artillery fire and shots heard on the outskirts of the city, RIA Novosti reported. All in all, there are 60 polling stations in the city, and some local residents arrived to vote before they opened.

 

05:47 GMT:

Security has been tightened around polling stations in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

We sent additional self-defense units to polling stations and also to the most important social institutions,” a Lugansk self-defense leader, Aleksey Chmilenko, told Interfax. “So far everything is normal, there are no incidents.

 

05:47 GMT:

Almost simultaneously with the opening of polling stations, sounds of shooting and artillery fire were heard on the outskirts of Slavyansk, in southeast Ukraine’s Donetsk region, RIA Novosti reported, citing its correspondent in the area.

 

05:32 GMT:

 

 

04:45 GMT:

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#Kiev Live : `Independence Square' & `Embittered Protesters' Continue Fighting for their Rights'

#AceNewsServices says `Embattled Ukraine: Kiev’s vicious Cycle of Violence Rages, as one protester says – `You want to see `Hell On Earth’ well `Independence Square’ is where it is Happening”

Published time: February 18, 2014 15:03
Edited time: February 19, 2014 08:04
 
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A trade union building is seen on fire in Independence Square in central Kiev February 19, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)A trade union building is seen on fire in Independence Square in central Kiev February 19, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)
Rioters and police in central Kiev are exchanging smoke and stun grenades, as a fresh wave of violence is gripping the Ukrainian capital. While the rioters have no clear demands, the opposition keeps pushing for the president’s resignation.

Wednesday, February 19

16:06 GMT:
The United States and the European Union are discussing the possibility of imposing sanctions on Ukraine “to try create conditions for compromise,” Reuters reports citing US Secretary of State John Kerry.

15:45 GMT:
Nearly 800 people have been injured in violent clashes in Kiev, including 392 law enforcement officers, the deputy chief investigator of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, Oleg Tatarov, told foreign ambassadors at a Wednesday meeting. He added that 83 of the injured officers have been hospitalized with serious gunshot wounds.

15:29 GMT:
The US imposed sanctions on Ukraine on Wednesday, having canceled visas for several officials, who supposedly were connected with the use of force in central Kiev, according to the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt.

15:29 GMT:
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski says he is heading to Ukraine on Wednesday on behalf of the European Union.

14:33 GMT:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the imminent threat of sanctions against the Ukrainian government was meant to show Kiev that the European Union is serious about the need for a return to political dialogue.

When (EU) foreign ministers meet tomorrow in Brussels they must talk about which specific sanctions should be imposed to show we are serious that the political process must resume...,” she told a news conference with French leader Francois Hollande, adding that it was necessary to talk to both the opposition and Viktor Yanukovich’s government to help bring peace to Ukraine. (Reuters)

 14:23 GMT:

The responsibility for the deadly riots in Ukraine lies not with extremists alone, but also with the leaders of the Ukrainian opposition and some Western politicians, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

14:12 GMT:

Rioters have captured and beaten the governor of the western Volyn Oblast, Aleksandr Bashkalenko, and are demanding that he resigns. According to reports in Ukrainian media, Bashkalenko was handcuffed to a stage in front of a crowd of about 10,000 people and was doused with cold water but refused to sign his resignation. Earlier, he was beaten for refusing to kneel before the people, but a group of organized rioters averted a lynching by the angry mob by taking the governor into a police station.

14:04 GMT:

Ukraine’s security service has announced it is launching a counter-terror operation, RIA Novosti reports. The service that said radicals have seized over 1,500 firing arms and 100,000 bullets in the last 24 hours.

13:56 GMT:

In the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, people are lighting candles to commemorate the victims of the deadly clashes in Kiev.

 

 AFP Photo / Petras MalukasAFP Photo / Petras Malukas

13:45 GMT:

Smoke is covering no man’s land between the crowd of protesters on Independence Square (Maidan) and the police cordons. Protesters are burning tires as riot police constantly regroup behind the lines of interior troops surrounding the square. A spurt of water can be seen firing in the direction of the barricades.

 

Meanwhile, the fire raging in the House of Trade Unions has apparently gone out, but the smoke keeps issuing from several charred floors.

13:20 GMT:

The European Investment Bank (EIB) said on Wednesday it had frozen its activities in Ukraine after at least 26 people died in the worst violence since the former Soviet republic gained independence. “For the time being the situation is so cruel that it would be politically the wrong signal, but also irresponsible vis-a-vis the people we asked to do the job, to be active on business in Ukraine,” EIB

President Werner Hoyer told a news conference. [REUTERS]

13:03 GMT:

All sides in the Ukrainian conflict must exercise maximum restraint, UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay, said on Wednesday.

“I reiterate my call for respect for the right to peaceful assembly, as provided under international human rights law, to be respected. I also call for an urgent and independent investigation to establish facts and responsibilities, including the possible use of excessive force, and to ensure accountability for these deadly clashes,” Pillay said in a statement.

13:00 GMT:
At least 751 people have been injured in the latest surge of violence in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, Itar-Tass quotes Interior Ministry officials as saying. Since Tuesday, 26 people have been killed in clashes, including 10 police officers, with many of the victims perishing from gunshot wounds.

12:39 GMT:
Forty criminal cases have been launched and 58 people detained all in all following the latest violence that’s gripped Kiev, according to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

12:34 GMT:
Crimean MPs are considering bringing up the question of returning the peninsula to Russia if the escalation of violence in the country continues.

The local deputy of the ruling Party of Regions, Nikolay Kolisnichenko, has addressed the Supreme Council of the autonomous republic saying that “if the situation in Ukraine is not resolved, we as deputies must raise the issue of returning Crimea to Russia,” local media quotes the MP as saying.

The Crimean peninsula was transferred from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1954. Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia continued to lease part of the ex-Soviet naval base in Sevastopol for its Black Sea Fleet. According to the latest 2001 survey, 58.5 percent of the Crimean population is Russian.

12:00 GMT:

Up the hill from the Kiev’s Independence Square, the protesters receive medical treatment and are given shelter at St. Michael’s Cathedral, which has been turned into a makeshift hospital and refuge.

Injured people receive medical treatment inside Mikhailovsky Zlatoverkhy Cathedral (St. Michael's golden-domed cathedral) in Kiev during the early hours February 19, 2014. (Reuters / Maks Levin)Injured people receive medical treatment inside Mikhailovsky Zlatoverkhy Cathedral (St. Michael’s golden-domed cathedral) in Kiev during the early hours February 19, 2014. (Reuters / Maks Levin)

11:48 GMT:

The EU is expected to agree on Ukraine sanctions shortly, according to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, as quoted by Reuters.

“We have … made it clear that the EU will respond to any deterioration on the ground. We therefore expect that targeted measures against those responsible for violence and use of excessive force can be agreed by our member states as a matter of urgency,” Barroso said in a statement.

The EU is to hold an extraordinary foreign ministers’ meeting on Thursday.

11:47 GMT:

The incumbent Defense Minister of Ukraine Pavel Lebedev said he couldn’t guarantee that the military forces won’t interfere in the conflict. Lebedev has confirmed that he “made an order” to send landing troops from the central Ukrainian city of Dnepropetrovsk to the capital, Kiev.

However, the Defense Ministry later denied that any military units were being relocated to disperse protesters in Kiev, as quoted by Itar-Tass.

11:12 GMT:

The number of the dead officers from the violent clashes between police and protesters in Kiev has risen to 10 people,

10:45 GMT:

Ukrainian Olympic chief and former pole vault champion Sergey Bubka on Wednesday called for an end to violence in his country as Ukrainian athletes struggled to focus on competing at the Sochi Winter Games.

“I want to bring Olympic Truce to my country,” Bubka said on Twitter. “Dialogue is power, violence is weakness.

“Our athletes are competing hard in Sochi, but peacefully and with honour. Violence has no place in the world,” said Bubka. (Reuters)

10:38 GMT:

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich announced on Thursday, February 20, a day of mourning for those who have died in the Kiev insurgency. The latest reports from Ukraine suggest that 25 people, including nine police officers, have perished in clashes. Over 70 law enforcement officers suffered gunshot wounds. The number of injured in the riots is measured in the hundreds.

10:26 GMT:

European Union foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting on Ukraine in Brussels on Thursday, an EU official said.

The ministers are expected to discuss imposing sanctions on people responsible for violence and the use of excessive force during protests in Ukraine, which killed at least 25 people. (Reuters)

“Military men who stand up for the legitimate state rights to ensure the law and order, as well as the civilian population, are among the dead and injured,” the statement goes on to say.

10.13 GMT: The blood was spilt in Ukraine due to the criminal activity of radical opposition forces, Russia’s Foreign Ministry has said in a statement. Russia demands the opposition leaders stop the bloodshed and immediately renew negotiations with the legitimate government without threats or ultimatums.

statement goes on to say.

BREAKING: Blood spilt in #Ukraine due to criminal activity of radical opposition – Moscow http://t.co/SmDL3FUe51pic.twitter.com/yzdxmu8uE2

— RT (@RT_com) February 19, 2014

09.57 GMT: Ukraine’s Interior Ministry says that the victims of the riots in Kiev could have been killed by radicals, as the country’s security forces don’t use firearms.

“Judging by the type of wounds the killed people have (non-perforating wounds, wounds in the back of the neck), as well as by the weapons we confiscate, it can be supposed that this bodily harm might have been caused by aggressive radical rioters,” the statement on the ministry’s website stated.

“The employees of police, as well as Interior Ministry security forces of Ukraine, don’t use firearms, only non-lethal weapons,” the statement underlined.

09:41 GMT:

Polish PM Donald Tusk has called for sanctions against Ukraine’s government following deadly clashes between police and protesters.

“I will today hold talks with the leaders of the biggest EU countries and institutions, and persuade them to impose sanctions – personal and financial,”Tusk told a special session of the Polish parliament, as quoted by Reuters.

“I hope that such a stance from Poland will help the EU in making fast decisions,” he added.

09:41 GMT:

Over 50 people have been detained over the rioting in Kiev during the last 24 hours, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry told Interfax.

09:33 GMT:

Four hundred people are participating in the rally taking place in the city of Simferopol, situated in Crimea. The demonstrators demand the government to take the necessary measures to stop the violent riots in Kiev, RIA Novosti reported.

09:16 GMT:

Among those killed in the rioting in Kiev were three employees of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry from the southern Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

08:51 GMT:

Radical protesters have announced the mobilization of their forces on the Kiev’s Independence Square, to prepare for new clashes with law enforcement authorities. The radicals demand to “bring to the barricades everything that will burn and can reinforce them,” as quoted by Itar-Tass news agency.

“This is not a rally, this is an organized military confrontation,” the organizers added.

07:50 GMT:

Radicals are blocking the checkpoints at the Ukrainian border, the country’s border control said, as quoted by Interfax news agency. In particular, about 40 people blocked the road near the UkrainianPolish border, placing tires and other objects to interfere with the passing of vehicles.

According to border control, there are already a dozen of trucks lined up at the scene.

07:20 GMT:

“If you want to see what hell on Earth looks like, you just look at the Kiev’s Independence Square, it looks like a boiling pot: with … burning tires, wood planks and everything the protesters have in store.… Moreover, behind a cloud of black smoke is [coming from] the building which has formerly been the Trade Union Headquarters in Kiev. For the past two months, it was the revolutionary headquarters with the opposition parties’ representation there,”RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reported from the Kiev’s Independence Square.

The building is “almost completely burnt down,” and now reports emerged that“the stories of the building are collapsing, so it may go down any minute,”Yaroshevsky added.

“We haven’t seen any actual brutal and violent attempts by the police to disperse the protesters,” he also said.

07:05 GMT:

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church has called on the government and opposition to start a dialogue and put a stop to the violence in Kiev, which has already put the country “on the brink of a national catastrophe,” according to the statement on the Church’s website.

06:55 GMT:

Nine Ukrainian police officers died of gunshot wounds in clashes, the Interior Ministry said, as quoted by Itar-Tass.

06:51 GMT:

There are no foreign citizens among the victims of the Kiev clashes, the Health Ministry stated.

Red Cross workers give first aid to policemen wounded during clashes with anti-government rioters in Kiev on February 18, 2014. (AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)Red Cross workers give first aid to policemen wounded during clashes with anti-government rioters in Kiev on February 18, 2014. (AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)

 

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#Kiev : ” Two Policemen`Injured During Attack’ on `Ukrainian House Convention Centre’ as Protester’s Reportedly Threw Rock’s and Firework’s”

#AceNewsServices says it is Sunday, January 26 and this is the news from #Kiev

Kiev Rocks and Fireworks 210:48 GMT:

Two policemen have been wounded during the attack on the Ukrainian House, an international convention center, according to the RIA-Novosti news agency. Earlier reports suggested there were several hundred protesters gathered near the center. The crowd reportedly threw rocks and fireworks to break the windows.

10:24 GMT:

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has ruled out using armed forces against rallying protesters, the country’s military chief, Pavel Lebedev, told the Itar-Tass news agency“The army will abide strictly by the constitution and laws of Ukraine that set out clearly its role, functions and tasks, including the use of armed forces,” Lebedev said.

10:07 GMT:

Ukrainian MP (Party of Regions) Nikolay Rudkovsky has submitted a bill aimed at canceling the January-16 laws that triggered the unrest and violence raging in the country’s capital. The bill is entitled “Project of the Law: On the declaration of certain laws of Ukraine which significantly curbed the constitutional rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens, invalid,” a memorandum for the document said.

08:17 GMT:

Courts across the Cherkassk region have ruled that 41 participants in the seizure of the local administration building should be taken into custody. Seven more protesters have been placed under house arrest.

08:00 GMT:

The Ukrainian House, or International Convention Center (ICC), will host an opposition press center, according to the ICC’s commandant, Aleksey Yakushevsky.

I believe that a press center for journalists will be opened here, as well as a station for feeding and warming those hundreds of people who we cannot cater for at the House of Trade Unions,” Yakushevsky said, as cited by Itar-Tass.

07:14 GMT:

MPs in the Ternopol and the Ivano-Frankovsk regions have adopted bills banning the ruling Party of Regions and the Communist Party of Ukraine, Itar-Tass reports.

07:05 GMT:

Museum workers at the Ukrainian House discovered the reserves of the Kiev History Museum, on the upper floors of the international convention center, were unsealed, after riot police had left the building.

They [museum workers] saw that the seals on the doors to the reserves rooms were broken open, as well as seals on some of the boxes inside,” said chairman of the Ukrainian center for museums development, Vladislav Pioro.

It was not immediately clear if any of the items were missing.

05:38 GMT:

President Yanukovich’s administration is preparing a bill, which would allow freezing the bank accounts of companies suspected of financing extremist activity, the Ukrainian TSN TV channel reports, as cited by Itar-Tass. The bill is planned to be voted on at a special session of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) on January 28.

04:08 GMT:

The EU is still ready to sign the association agreement with Ukraine if the nation is committed to a free, united, democratic Ukraine and the values on which the agreement is based on, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said after a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

02:16 GMT:

The siege of the convention center by protesters in Kiev is now over, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports. The head of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party, Vitaly Klitschko, played a key role in negotiating the policemen’s retreat.

There were around 200 riot police inside the building at the time of the siege, all of whom exited through a side window.

01:38 GMT:

The head of the UDAR party, Vitaly Klitschko, is now mediating a resolution to the Kiev convention center siege, according to RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky.

00:08 GMT:

Interior troops are leaving the Ukrainian House international convention center in Kiev, being taken out one by one, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reported.

An anti-government protester prepares to throw a molotov cocktail towards riot police as he tries to enter the

An anti-government protester prepares to throw a molotov cocktail towards riot police as he tries to enter the building. 

 

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#Kiev : 17:39 GMT `Arnold Schwarzenegger’ has shot `Video’ Sending `Message of Support’ to the Ukrainian People”

#AceNewsServices says its 17.39 in Kiev as `Arnold Schwarzenegger‘ shoots a `Video’ and sends a message of support to the Ukrainian people.

“I want to send a message to the people of the Ukraine to let them know that I wish them all the best of luck in a peaceful struggle for democracy and freedom,” he said.

16:54 GMT:

Crimean authorities have asked the government to declare a state of emergency in the country.

“We appeal to President Viktor Yanukovich, the Council of National Security and Defense and the deputies of Ukraine, to stop the lawlessness, anarchy and violence spreading across the country, and declare a state of emergency. We offer to cease funding from the state budget regions that de facto declared themselves outlawed, where the government has been displaced by violence, to restore constitutional order in the regions” the statement on the Crimean parliament’s website said.

 

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#Kiev – ” Peace at Barricades Still Holding Tinderbox Time”

#AceNewsDesk says its Thursday, January 23 2014 in #Kiev fires are being doused and you could cut the air with a knife, as smoke drifts over the police and the protesters alike!

Published time: January 20, 2014 19:33
Edited time: January 23, 2014 16:54

Anti-government protesters gather for a rally in Kiev January 23, 2014.(Reuters / Gleb Garanich)Anti-government protesters gather for a rally in Kiev January 23, 2014.(Reuters / Gleb Garanich)
19:47 GMT:

 

PHOTO: #Ukraine clergymen stand in front of police blockade saying prayers & holding crosses http://t.co/333fneLosa pic.twitter.com/jiZ5U93hGw

— RT (@RT_com) January 23, 2014

19:19 GMT:

A group of several hundred anti-government demonstrators in the central Ukrainian town of Cherkassy broke a police cordon outside the local administration building, and broke the glass on the front door.

One official offered his resignation, but later withdrew, saying he was forced to sign his notice under pressure.

Demonstrators are demanding the resignation of regional governor Sergey Tulub.

18:23 GMT:

The White House has reiterated its threat to impose sanctions on Ukraine.

During a media briefing White House spokesman Jay Carney chided the Ukrainian authorities for failing to respond to “legitimate” grievances of the opposition, and for imposing draconian anti-protest legislation last week.

The US embassy in Kiev has already stripped several officials implicated in the violence in Kiev of US visas.

18:08 GMT:

The ceasefire called for the duration of the negotiations between officials and opposition leaders expired at 1800 GMT, though the politicians are still talking behind closed doors. So far there has been no violence; Klitschko implored his supporters to refrain from aggressive moves before the end of the talks.

18:05 GMT:

President Viktor Yanukovich is meeting with three main opposition leaders, including Viktor Klitschko, in a government building in Kiev. The highly-anticipated negotiations were postponed throughout the day.

January 23, 2014 (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko) January 23, 2014 (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)
17:07 GMT:

Ukrainian Prime Minister Nickolay Azarov says his embattled government will step down, but only if the parliament votes for such an outcome.

“The question of the government’s resignation is the prerogative of the parliament. If such an initiative gathers enough votes, we will do so. I have said before that this is a legal possibility,” Azarov told journalists at the Davos Economic Forum.

The resignation of the cabinet has been one of the main demands of the opposition, but the pro-government coalition holds a narrow majority in the Rada, the country’s legislative assembly.

Azarov also insisted that he has no plans to introduce a state of emergency in the wake of the violent protests in Kiev, but warned that it was the government’s “constitutional right and obligation to restore order in the country”.

“People should not think that the government lacks available resources to put an end to this,” he said.

16:58 GMT:

Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovich, has demanded the immediate release of all the journalists detained during riots in Kiev.

“Journalists perform their professional duties and by force of circumstances find themselves in all sorts of situations. I’m asking everybody to acknowledge that fact and if possible assist the journalists in their work,” Yanukovich said, as cited by the ITAR-TASS news agency.

Russian journalist, Andrey Kiselev, who was detained earlier on Tuesday together with a group of protesters, has already been released by the police.

Lenta.ru website said its employee was injured during the arrest, and no charges were brought against him.

15:41 GMT:

The extraordinary session of the upper house of the Ukrainian parliament is set to be held on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. local time, a statement on the official website of the Ukrainian parliament reads.

15:23 GMT:

Several hundred residents in the Western Ukrainian city of Rovno have taken over a regional administration building and demanded to meet with the authorities, Interfax News agency cites local media as reporting.

According to the information, the activists smashed out windows and broke down the doors before entering the hall for the regional administration while singing the Ukrainian national anthem.

Apart from those who entered the building, thousands of other residents have descended on the building, according to local media reports.

Published time: January 20, 2014 19:33
Edited time: January 23, 2014 16:54
January 23, 2014 (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko) January 23, 2014 (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

15:22 GMT:

Smoke rises from behind a makeshift barricade as the opposition continues to hold their ground amidst a temporary ceasefire which has brought relative calm to the Ukrainian capital, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports live from the scene.

14:44 GMT:

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych told EU Commissioner Jose Manuel Barroso by phone that an extraordinary session of the upper house of the Ukrainian parliament would be held to find a peaceful settlement to violent political conflict currently gripping the country.

“Viktor Yanukovych informed Jose Manuel Barroso about a conversation he held with the Chairman of the upper house of the Ukrainian parliament Vladimir Rybak. According to the President, in the coming days an extraordinary session of parliament will be held in Ukraine, which will address all the issues raised in the course of negotiations for a peaceful settlement of the conflict,” – the press service of the Ukrainian state said in a statement, Interfax news agency reports.

January 23, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)January 23, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

The Ukrainian president reassured the EU Commissioner there was no divergence of opinion in the government regarding the need for a peaceful resolution of the ongoing conflict.

14:33 GMT:

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has called a special session of parliament next week to discuss the current unrest that has spiraled out of control in recent days, leaving at least two people dead and the capital Kiev a veritable warzone.

Yanukovich made no indication that he was preparing to make concessions to the opposition, which has demanded snap elections and a repeal of a recently passed anti-protest law which threatened hefty prison sentences for those blocking government buildings or wearing masks during demonstrations.

Opposition leaders have demanded that the president should make concessions by Thursday evening or face renewed street battles.

January 23, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)January 23, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

14:25 GMT:

Recent deaths of protesters in Kiev might have been staged, Sergey Burlakov, press-secretary of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs said in an interview to the 112 Ukrainian channel.

“We officially confirm that 2 deaths [an Armenian national from Dnepropetrovsk, Sergey Nigoyan, and Belarus citizen, Mikhail Zhiznevsky] have been recorded. The information came from the participants in the clashes on Grushevskogo Street. One man [Zhiznevsky, who was injured but still alive] was transported first to the Labor Union House, then to another building. In the end he died,” he says.

That’s why we urge people to come forward in order to find out the real reason [of the men’s death], adds Burlakov.

At this point, the investigation has found out that in both [death] cases firearms were used. However, it wasn’t a service gun according to preliminary investigation. The officers don’t use them [service guns] during their duties, he maintains.

Special forces have only the “resources for using rubber bullets,” stun grenades and gas grenades, which is allowed according to the law, he adds.

Burlakov also denied any presence of snipers, saying that photos that have appeared [in the media] might have been concocted in Photoshop.

14:08 GMT:

Ukrainian Prime Minister Nickolay Azarov said snap presidential elections in Ukraine would currently be untenable, he told journalists in the Swiss city of Davos on Thursday, Itar Tass news agency reports.

“In accordance with the constitution, in a year, more or less, scheduled elections are set to take place,”he said. “How do you think under these conditions we could hold elections, when the center of Kiev is practically a war zone. What kind of election [could you hold] amidst this disorder.”

Azarov said the situation in the country would have to be normalized and everyday life needed to return to normal before they could start talk about anything else.

The Ukrainian PM added that those fighting against the government are militants, and not the opposition.

13:12 GMT:

Around 2,000 citizens of Lvov have gathered outside the area administration office, the building has been blocked off to anyone coming from the outside apart from the disgruntled crowd, some of which is inside, demanding an audience with the regional head, Oleg Salo, RIA Novosti reports.

It is not clear when Salo will meet with the picketers, but it is known that he is in Lvov at this point.

Thursday, January 23

13:06 GMT:

European Union foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, is to travel to Kiev next week, says official EC representative Olivier Bailly, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, Stefan Fuele, will also go in the Ukrainian capital on Friday, confirmed Bailly, adding that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich told Barroso they [Ashton and Fuele] “would be welcome in Kiev to help this process that he is committed to and ready to have a political dialogue in his country.”

13:05 GMT:

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in a phone call warned Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich about “possible EU actions” against Kiev “if the situation in Ukraine deteriorates further,” says the official EC representative, Olivier Bailly.

According to Bailly, Barroso called on [the Ukrainian government] to engage in genuine dialogue with the opposition.

“The use of force is obviously, for the Commission, not the answer to the political situation. Mr. Barroso also urged President Yanukovich to have a top-level dialogue with the opposition immediately,” said Bailly.

Yanukovich told Barroso during the call “that it was not foreseen to install a state of emergency in Ukraine,” Bailly added.

12:55 GMT:

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has postponed his planned visit to Ukraine in May 2014 “over violations of human rights and political instability in the country,” the press secretary of the presidential institution announced, reports the Sofia globe.

“The president is deeply concerned by the escalation of tensions in Ukraine which has resulted in the deaths of civilians and expressed his sincerest condolences to the families of those who have died,”Plevneliev’s office said.

“The Republic of Bulgaria has always supported the European development of Ukraine and despite the decision of the Ukrainian authorities to postpone signing the Association Agreement being disappointing for both our country and the EU, the door of the European Union is still open for a democratic Ukraine which observes human rights,” stressed the statement.

12:53 GMT:

My russian colleague from @lentaruofficial Andrey Kisilev was detained and beaten up by police in Kiev http://t.co/9dtNX0Mh5d

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 23, 2014

12:04 GMT:

Eighteen people have been arrested for attacks on Berkut troop buses, reports the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs. During the attack, one of the Berkut officers broke his leg.

According to the ministry, the men were armed with baseball-bats. They [the attackers] could face up to six years in prison.

11:02 GMT:

The Armenian community has promised $100,000 for the head of the person who killed Sergey Nigoyan. Leaflets with a photo of the Armenian national from Dnepropetrovsk, who was allegedly killed by a sniper during the clashes on Wednesday, have been spotted in the Ukrainian capital.

10:51 GMT:

A ‘quiet period’ has been negotiated between police and opposition activists until 8pm local time (18:00 GMT), says opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko. He said he will arrive in Grushevskogo Street by the end of the ceasefire to report to the protesters on the meeting he and other opposition leaders are to have with President Viktor Yanukovich.

Eyewitnesses report that the radical activists indeed stopped pelting police cordon with stones and firecrackers, which they did for hours. Footage from the scene shows white steam clouds rising from where barricades of tires were previously burning.

January 23, 2014. (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)January 23, 2014. (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

Klitschko said police will not use stun grenades during the truce.

The meeting with the president will focus on the opposition’s demands to cancel a package of laws, which they see as dictatorial and draconian, Klitschko said. He added he will be demanding resignation of the cabinet of ministers and conduction early presidential election.

“The chances are small, but they exist,” he said.

The previous round of negotiations on Wednesday failed to produce any tangible results. Opposition threatened “to go on the offensive” after it, while the government recommended them “to be more modest in ultimatums.”

10:30 GMT:

Protesters remain camped out on Grushevskogo Street, which abuts the Cabinet office and parliament where a strong police perimeter has been set up in anticipation of further violence. The smoldering remains of burnt articles continue to pump white smoke into the air, a sharp contrast to the black pillars of smoke which filled the sky from burning piles of tires strewn throughout the city street’s on Wednesday. Protesters, many clad in masks, remain firmly entrenched in their makeshift camp not far from a 13-meter-high colonnade of a Kiev stadium. Many armed with broken pieces of masonry, Molotov cocktails and other improvised weapons are standing idly by, though tensions from Wednesday’s chaotic riot continue to blanket the city.

January 23, 2014. (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)January 23, 2014. (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

10:19 GMT:

The majority of the population in Ukraine does not support extremists calls for an armed uprising, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has claimed.

We clearly say: Any unconstitutional actions in the capital should be discontinued. Calls for an armed uprising are absolutely unconstitutional and lead to bloodshed. They [calls] come from a very narrow circle of extremists and are not supported by an absolute majority of the population of Ukraine,” the Prime Minister said on Thursday in Davos, during a meeting with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland.

The Prime Minister noted that the Ukrainian government is making every effort to resolve the situation peacefully, but pointed out that there are some “basic requirements” opposition members should meet to reach a compromise.

08:40 GMT:

Radical protesters launch a fresh, if not particularly intensive attack on the police lines. Footage from central Kiev shows a dozen activists shooting firecrackers and throwing stones from amid a loose crowd of about a hundred of people.

08:01 GMT:

The recent situation in Kiev won’t change the plans about delivering the Gifts of the Magi (the Three Wise Men) in Kiev, says Archpriest Viktor Ivaschuk from Kiev Eparchy.

“The Gifts of the Magi will be delivered from Minsk [Belarus] to Kiev on Friday, January 24,” he adds.

Kiev on January 23, 2014 (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)Kiev on January 23, 2014 (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

 The hope that one of the biggest Christian relics will help to settle recent conflict in Kiev was expressed by Archpriest Georgy Kovalenko from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchy.

The Gifts of the Magi have already gathered tens of thousands believers in Russia and Belarus.

07:32 GMT:

Eleven more radical activists suspected of involvement in mass riots have been arrested by Kiev courts, the Kiev Prosecutor’s Office reported. Five others have been put under house arrest. A total 26 people have been arrested in connection with the riots so far.

07:13 GMT:

A director of Lenta.doc, a media off-shoot of the Moscow-based news website Lenta.ru, has been detained in Kiev. Andrey Kiselyov was spotlighting recent protests on Thursday morning, when Ukrainian riot police took him into custody, Lenta.doc founder Aleksandr Rastorguev reported. Rastorguev says his colleague was beaten by the police.

At least three journalists have been detained and 35 injured in Kiev clashes on Sunday and Monday, according to Reporters Without Borders, freedom of press advocacy organization.

Kiev on January 23, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)Kiev on January 23, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

06:40 GMT:

Building No. 4 on Grushevskogo Street again caught fire from the burning tires just a few hours after fire brigades contained and stopped a blaze on the building. Firefighters are trying to extinguish the renewed blaze as thick smoke spews from the building’s windows.

Meanwhile radical protesters nearby stopped throwing Molotov cocktails at police and ceased drumming on burnt vehicles and empty barrels.

05:30 GMT:

The leader of the opposition Udar (Strike) party Vitaly Klitschko should be “more modest in his ultimatums,” Ukraine’s Prime Minister, Nikolay Azarov said in an interview to BBC channel.

“We know the level of support for opposition leaders. We have a democratically elected president and many people support him. We can see it by mass [pro-government] demonstrations in Kiev and other [Ukrainian] regions,” he explained.

He added that his government is ready for a dialogue with the opposition and that both the opposition and the government are obliged to stop the bloodshed.

Kiev on January 22, 2014 (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

Kiev on January 22, 2014 (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

04:23 GMT:

Russia is outraged with the foreign interference into Ukraine’s internal affairs, said Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for President Putin. Moscow, on the contrary, is keeping its distance from the developing crisis.

“We cannot comprehend why foreign ambassadors in Kiev dictate what the Ukrainian authorities should do, where they should pull out troops from, where they should pull out police from,” he told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

Peskov said that Moscow is closely observing the events in Ukraine and remains convinced that the Ukrainian government knows what it is doing.

“We don’t feel the justification to interfere with the internal affairs of our brother nation Ukraine. It is unacceptable. Russia didn’t do it and will not do it,” he stressed.

03:59 GMT:

Police attempted to dismantle some of the barricades set up by rioters on Grushevskogo Street, but had to retreat after a radical wing of the opposition began throwing rocks at authorities, according to Espreso.tv.

Pro-European protesters throw tyres into a fire during street violence in Kiev January 23, 2014.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)Pro-European protesters throw tyres into a fire during street violence in Kiev January 23, 2014.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

03:59 GMT:

Ukrainian ruling Party of Regions MP Eugene Balitskiy said the opposition has no control over what is happening on Independence Square. He noted that the opposition is refusing to take responsibility for those who reportedly died during the riots, Interfax reported.

Balitskiy also said he believes that “the opposition followed the footsteps of bloody scenarios of Syria and other Arab countries.”

00:50 GMT:

Fire brigades contained and stopped a blaze which started when fire spread from tires to the building No. 4 on Grushevskogo Street. Rioters are burning tires in central Kiev as part of their confrontation with police. The burning tires are difficult to doze out in the chaotic situation.

 

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#Kiev : "Mass Riots Timeline of Events and Videos"

Live as it happens: http://rt.com/on-air/ukraine-kiev-police-protesters/

#AceNewsServices says `Kiev‘ mass riots timeline courtesy of a number of sources for which l am grateful.

Published time: January 20, 2014 19:33
Edited time: January 22, 2014 10:59
Protesters clash with the police in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. (AFP Photo/Sergei Supinski)Protesters clash with the police in the center of Kiev on January 22, 2014. (AFP Photo/Sergei Supinski)
 

Unrest in Kiev enters fourth day as protesters are pelting police cordons with stones and Molotov cocktails, and police retaliate with flash grenades and rubber bullets. Over two hundreds of protesters and police have been injured in violent clashes.

Wednesday, January 22

19:28 GMT:

Rioters have wrecked a car and brought it to the Hrushevskogo street to reinforce yet another barricade http://t.co/XRb96uGoNj

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 22, 2014

18:27 GMT:

Ukraine opposition leaders have threatened to “go on the offensive” if President Viktor Yanukovich “does not respond” to their demands.

“Tomorrow if the president does not respond … then we will go on the offensive,Vitaly Klitschko, one of the leaders, declared.

 

Head of UDAR (Punch) political party and one of the leader of Ukrainian opposition Vitalii Klitschko speaks during a mass rally on Independence Square in Kiev on January 22, 2014.(AFP Photo / Anatoliy Stepanov)Head of UDAR (Punch) political party and one of the leader of Ukrainian opposition Vitalii Klitschko speaks during a mass rally on Independence Square in Kiev on January 22, 2014.(AFP Photo / Anatoliy Stepanov)

He has called on the people to stay and defend the square and prepare for a police offensive against them.

“Today they (the police) are preparing to clear us out of the ‘Maidan’ (Independence Square),” he said.“We must do all we can to stop them clearing us out.”

17:47 GMT:

Opposition leaders have called on President Yanukovich to hold an emergency meeting of the Ukrainian parliament – the Verkhovna Rada – to cancel the laws imposed on January 16, the opposition Fatherland party leader said. Yanukovich offered to “continue talks regarding the laws tomorrow,” stated Arseny Yatsenuk, a deputy in Ukraine’s parliament.

Klitschko: “no agreement on early ballot, no agreement on government stepping down, no agreement on abolishing the anti-riot laws”

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 22, 2014

17:36 GMT:

Police are withholding information about five alleged deaths in the rioting in central Kiev.“There are two cases we confirm,” the press-office confirmed to RIA Novosti. The investigation of those deaths is now ongoing, police stressed.

17:12 GMT:

Police are using water cannons to extinguish burning tires as protesters continue to throw debris and inflammable projectiles.

17:01 GMT:

A medical services coordinator in the protests, Oleg Musiy, has told local media the number of killed in the riots has reached five people. He has blamed the deaths on Berkut special police forces, who, Musiy claims, did not allow emergency medical services to reach the wounded. He says the number of injured is 300 people.

16:18 GMT:

President Yanukovych and opposition leaders have held the “first stage” of negotiations amid violent clashes between protesters and riot police. The meeting lasted for more than three hours. Yanukovych’s office declined to provide additional details.

16:18 GMT:

Activists also remain encamped at Independence Square, Maidan, where protests seem to be peaceful for now. According to journalists’ estimate there are between 8,000 or 10, 000 people there.

15:53 GMT:

Poland’s foreign ministry has voiced its “deep concern” about a crackdown on anti-government protests in Kiev when it summoned the Ukrainian ambassador in Warsaw. Poland said it was worried by the new laws restricting protests in Ukraine and suggested the recent violence might be linked to the new restrictions, the statement by secretary of state at the ministry, Katarzyna Pelczynska-Nalecz, said.

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 online newspaper posted on its Twitter page.

15:14 GMT:

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.

15:14 GMT:

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.

15:14 GMT:

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)

15:06 GMT:

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.

14:55 GMT:

Heavy smoke from burning tires has forced Berkut special police forces to retreat.

14:38 GMT:

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.

14:32 GMT:

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)

14:14 GMT:

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.

13:59 GMT:

Police have warned civilians that “radicals” might use firearms and urged them to avoid the protests.

13:39 GMT:

Around 10 people have been arrested on suspicion of “using weapons, baseball bats, curbstones and Molotov cocktails, thus putting the lives of many people in danger,” the local prosecutor’s office spokeswoman said. An arrest application for another 16 activists has been submitted.

now. #Євромайдан #Евромайдан #Euromaidan pic.twitter.com/EXR9bMg640

— ЄВРОМАЙДАН (@euromaidan) January 22, 2014

13:37 GMT:

Info from several sources that final police assault will commence at 16-00 local time (in half-hour). Special dispersal means to be used

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 22, 2014

13:21 GMT:

Local law-enforcement bodies have received permission to restrict the movement of vehicles as well as temporarily prevent citizens’ access to particular areas in the city.

12:38 GMT:

Women and children were being discouraged from visiting the rally by its organizers. Aleksandr Turchninov, the coordinator of the opposition cabinet, has made a statement, RIA Novosti.

12:35 GMT:

RT’s Peter Oliver has been caught in the crowd as police began clearing the scene of the mass protest in central Kiev, forcing people to run away helter-skelter. Peter managed to hide inside a nearby hotel from where he saw the police’s brutal actions. An RT camera caught the moment of a police officer severely beating one the protesters lying on the ground.

12:34 GMT:

Offices, banks, schools close massively amid warnings of crackdown by 4pm, in 1,5h#Ukraine #євромайдан #euromaidan

— Olga Tokariuk (@olgatokariuk) January 22, 2014

12:25 GMT:

Interfax reports the police has been given the green light to use water cannons in freezing temperatures. There was previously a ban.

Temperatures currently fall to -9 during the day and -11 at night.

12:19 GMT:

Dramatic live images being seen in these shots, as protesters set up a wall of fire. RT’s RUPTLEY live feed is below with the latest.

12:13 GMT:

Kharkov is to become the scene of a rally in support of President Yanukovich, Interfax-Ukraine says. Several thousand people will take part in protesting against the deteriorating situation in the country at Freedom Square in the city. Buses have been transporting people to the location.

12:05 GMT:

A criminal investigation for murder in the first degree has been launched with regard to two earlier protester deaths, the Interior Ministry told ITAR-TASS.

11:54 GMT:

Armored personnel carriers (APC) are now seen roaming central Kiev.

#UKRAINE PHOTO: APCs spotted on streets of #Kiev – LIVE UPDATES:http://t.co/O42IFflQVn pic.twitter.com/zb6yd00LOA

— RT (@RT_com) January 22, 2014

11:21 GMT:

It has now been ascertained that one of the victims of the violence is an Armenian. The confirmation comes from the country’s foreign ministry, Interfax says.

“The Armenian embassy in Ukraine has confirmed reports that the person who had died in Kiev, one Sergey Nigoyan, is an Armenian national”

11:16 GMT:

RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky is reporting that it is getting harder to breathe because of all the smoke that is rising as the rioting crowd sets fire to tires underneath the ‘Dinamo’ soccer stadium

His latest tweets can be found here.

Kiev now. Warzone pic.twitter.com/HKCBC7695a

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 22, 2014

11:12 GMT:

The president’s meeting with the opposition has been agreed for 11:45 GMT (15:45 Moscow time), according to Arseniy Yacenyuk’s Twitter account. “The three of us are due to meet Yanukovich. I confirm can confirm it.”

11:06 GMT:

Although initial police action has broken up the protesters’ ranks for the time being, they refuse to leave the square. Flash grenades are being heard and smoke now rises up from multiple occasions. This is the scene now.

11:00 GMT:

The scene grows tense as each gunshot rings out. The rioting crowd appears to be more decentralized after the latest police onslaught.

10:48 GMT:

As the situation on the street is becoming more volatile by the minute, President Yanukovich has appealed to the protesters to sit down for concrete talks and put an end to the violence, RIA Novosti reports.

The president has also asked peaceful citizens not to give in to the pressure of the opposition, believing that the situation can still be resolved by peaceful means.

“I once again implore the opposition to sit down for talks and end the violence. I ask that the citizens return to their homes. We must return peace, calm and stability to Ukraine.”

The president feels the loss of life sustained so far is a tragic occurrence and a result of concerted political efforts at destabilization.

10:45 GMT:

Smoke from flash grenades are being seen and rubber bullets appear to be used presently as protesters refuse to dissipate.

10:44 GMT:

The onslaught by the police is ongoing as embattled rioters are banging on their shields and barricades are being taken apart by force.

10:30 GMT:

Watch RT‘s live HD stream of the events, as there are now fresh reports that the police has broken the protesters’ barricades in the latest offensive on their lines.

10:20 GMT:

The police has reportedly started to push back against the protesters, trying to dismantle their defenses. A fresh offensive is being prepared at the moment.

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10:17 GMT:

RT’s Aleksey Yaroshevskiy is on the scene witnessing the protesters carrying one of their deceased.

09:55 GMT:

Information that over 1400 people had last night needed urgent medical attention has turned out to be unsubstantiated, especially the part about 80 percent having gunshot wounds, Kiev’s health department reported.

Such information is “absolutely false and is aimed at seeding panic among the civilians.” The true figure, according to authorities, is closer to 122 protesters over the course of the afternoon of the 19th and until the morning of the 21st of January.

The department’s head also strongly criticized the notion that anti-government protesters in need of urgent medical help were being driven off to police stations, instead of hospitals.

09:44 GMT:

The Ukrainian general prosecutor has confirmed the death of a third protester, information earlier circulated by activists. The body was riddled with gunshot wounds. About an hour prior to the report, the news had been circulated by a local TV station, who said the unidentified man of around 40 years of age had reportedly died during a police storm.

Pro-European protesters launch a pyrotechnic pistol towards riot police during clashes in Kiev January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)Pro-European protesters launch a pyrotechnic pistol towards riot police during clashes in Kiev January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Wednesday, January 22

09:27 GMT:

The city of Lvov has dispatched new ‘defense brigades’ to Kiev to assist the activists there, Interfax reports. The idea is a result of the latest developments there. Activists say they want to keep the police from “unlawfully” targeting them.

09:09 GMT:

Another protester has reportedly lost their life, according to medics working with the protesters. This brings the reported death toll in Kiev’s unrest up to three.

09:05 GMT:

RT video agency RUPTLY is on the scene, streaming live in HD.

08:21 GMT:

A local live stream of the Euromaidan chaos continuing into the afternoon of the fourth day. The police appear to be holding their defense line, as it continues to be pelted with stones and other things.

07:55 GMT:

Ukraine is concerned that foreign diplomats are touring the governmental buildings held by protesters, Justice Minister Elena Lukash said. She alleged that “militants are cooking incendiaries” in those buildings.

Deputy Interior Minister Viktor Ratushnyak called on foreign diplomats, who have contacts with the opposition, to convince them to turn over those among their ranks, who have been involved in crimes.

“We have on many occasions told representatives of the opposition, requested them to hand over those militants to police, but they ignored our calls,” he said.

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07:21 GMT:

Police confirm that a demonstrator died from a gunshot in Kiev overnight, spokesman Sergey Burlakov said. He added that police was not involved in the killing. “Law enforcement do not carry firearms there,” he said.

07:14 GMT:

There are serious violations of law on the part of the radical protesters, and “authorities will not tolerate it without a relevant lawful reaction,” Ukrainian Interior Minister Leonid Kozhara said. He added that the government wants to resolve the conflict in a peaceful way.

07:11 GMT:

The standoff continues in Khrushchevskovo Street. Police are holding their lines, to which they retreated after dismantling a barricade, while protesters are gathering about 100 meters from them past a line of damaged buses. No active clashes are currently underway.

06:44 GMT:

Police are using loudspeakers to call on protesters to leave and not confront the officers, footage from the scene showed. The activists respond with defiant shouting and loud banging on barrels and damaged vehicles.

Pro-European protesters take cover behind a burnt bus during clashes with riot police in Kiev January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)Pro-European protesters take cover behind a burnt bus during clashes with riot police in Kiev January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
06:39 GMT:

Ambulances are arriving at the scene of latest scuffles between riot police and radical protesters in Khrushchevskovo Street. It appears that security forces have launched a planned operation to disperse the protesters.

06:39 GMT:

Ambulances are arriving at the scene of latest scuffles between riot police and radical protesters in Khrushchevskovo Street. It appears that security forces have launched a planned operation to disperse the protesters.

06:32 GMT:

Riot police advanced to barricades erected by the rioters and started dismantling them, reports Interfax. The protesters responded with an intensified barrage of stones and Molotov cocktails. This briefly disrupted the police advancement, which resumed minutes later.

Police are using stun grenades and tear gas to fend off the rioters. There are reports of several activists being detained.

06:15 GMT:

A second fatality at Khrushchevskovo Street has been reported. The victim received a gunshot overnight and died early in the morning, a protester medic said.

It’s not clear why the protesters failed to take their wounded comrade to hospital, as the report implies, but they may have been concerned that he would be arrested.

Police have been called to a local building, where the body was being kept, and confirmed the death. However, they didn’t confirm how the person died. An investigation into the incident is underway.

05:36 GMT:

Brussels has downgraded a Russia-EU summit, which will take place later this month, Russia’s envoy to the European Union said. Instead of the usual two-day format, the meeting will take on only one day, January 28, Vladimir Chizhov said.

Those who believe the decision was linked to the EU’s differences with Russia over the Ukrainian turmoil “are not really wrong,” he added.

The ongoing political crisis in Ukraine was triggered by its decision in November 2013 to postpone the signing of a key EU integration deal. While Kiev cited economic considerations, many European officials blamed Russia for putting pressure on Ukraine not to sign the association treaty. Moscow maintains that it only was frank in warning Ukraine that it would have to cancel trade preferences in order to protect its own economy once Ukraine had a free trade zone with the EU.

A pro-European protester gestures, with riot police officers seen in the background, during a rally in Kiev January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)A pro-European protester gestures, with riot police officers seen in the background, during a rally in Kiev January 22, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
03:59 GMT:

The opposition says a 22-year-old protester died in hospital after falling from a 13-meter-high column at Dynamo Stadium in on Khrushchevskovo Street, Segodnya website reported. The victim is said to be one of the rioters, who used the vantage point to bombard riot police with petrol bombs and stones. No official confirmation of the fatality was ready to avail.

02:02 GMT:

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Tuesday that the new national protest laws in Ukraine are a dramatic step away from democracy. “Such provisions will roll back the enjoyment of human rights for the people of Ukraine, stifle debate and dissent, and jeopardize the democratic achievements of the past two decades,” she said in a statement.

00:06 GMT:

Witnesses are reporting that buses are arriving around the outskirts of Kiev, while small groups of thugs are said to be forming downtown.

Tuesday, January 21

23:09 GMT:

Ukrainian authorities plan to restore peace to central Kiev by containing the rioters on Hrushevskogo street, Zerkalo Nedeli news website quoted a source within the Council of National Security and Defense as saying.

The operation plans to use 4,631 interior troops, 1,460 police officers, and 1,530 Berkut soldiers. The minimum goal of the operation is to establish full control over Hrushevskogo street. The maximum task is to clear Independence Square, according to the source.

22:33 GMT:

Surreal scene at government quarter in Kiev. Molotovs thrown from one side, police reinforcing their ranks on the other, priests in-between

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 21, 2014

22:15 GMT:

Renewed clashes between police and rioters have begun on Hrushevskogo street in central Kiev, with protesters throwing Molotov cocktails at police officers. Gunfire has reportedly been heard.

Tuesday, January 21

21:46 GMT:

Protesters in Kiev have launched a new website that helps demonstrators find transportation to Independence Square. The site, titled ‘I Go to Maidan,’ allows users to offer or ask for rides to downtown Kiev.

21:13 GMT:

Protesters making molotov cocktails at the barricades in Kiev:

20:20 GMT:

Missing opposition activist Igor Lutsenko has been found, RIA Novosti reports, citing the activist’s Facebook page.

According to messages on Lutsenko’s Facebook wall, he was kidnapped and left in a forest without a cell phone by unknown people. The messages say he is now “in a good mood and in awful shape.”

Earlier on Monday, Kiev police opened a criminal case into the disappearance of Lutsenko, UNIAN agency reports, citing the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

Police have denied they detained Lutsenko after he brought another protester to a hospital. The statement comes after the opposition Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party claimed that law enforcement was behind his “kidnapping.”

19:57 GMT:

The police will apply force in accordance with the law if the violent riots continue in central Kiev, Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov told Russia 24 TV channel.

“If the provocateurs do not stop, the authorities will have no other choice but to apply force as provided for in the legislation. We are hoping for some common sense. The people must see for themselves that they are being offered chaos and destruction,” Azarov said.

The Prime Minister, however, ruled out the possibility of imposing a state of emergency in Kiev.

17:54 GMT:

The Ukrainian government is calling on the leaders of the opposition to persuade those rioting in central Kiev to cease violent clashes with the police, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Andrey Kluyev, has said.

Negotiations with opposition parties are “practically impossible” while members of those parties are taking part in “extremist and aggressive actions against law enforcers,” Kluyev stressed.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party, Arseny Yatsenyuk, demanded that the Ukrainian Prosecutor General ban the police from firing at the protesters.

Yatsenyuk and Oleg Tyagnibok of the Svoboda (Freedom) party met with the Prosecutor General, Viktor Pshonka, on Tuesday to discuss the situation in the capital.

“God forbid there is even one death. That would be the red line, after which we would never be able to return to peaceful ways,” Yatsenyuk told Pshonka, as quoted by the Batkivshchina Party press service.

17:27 GMT:

Several thousand protesters and hundreds of cars are blocking several military installations in Western Ukraine, according to reports by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

In the city of Lvov, “about 200 cars and up to two thousand people, including masked radical youth,” are blocking a military unit. According to the ministry, the blockade is preventing the military from “guarding public order” in the city.

In Ivano-Frankovsk, the protesters have blocked an Interior Troops department for the second day in a row.

The protesters believe their actions will prevent the dispatching of additional troops to Kiev.

17:09 GMT:

Protesters have made barricades from burnt police vehicles, Aleksey Yaroshevsky reports from central Kiev.

16:21 GMT:

The Ukrainian opposition and “representatives of a number of foreign states” are directly responsible for the ongoing riots in central Kiev, President Viktor Yanukovich’s aide, Andrey Portnov, has announced at a briefing of the task group on settling the political crisis in the country.

Although the opposition leaders have insisted the protest is peaceful, they now identify themselves with those responsible for blocking the government buildings and clashing with law enforcement officers, Portnov said.

Those international groups and foreign officials who “justify the unlawful actions of the rioters” also bear responsibility for the situation in Ukraine, the presidential aide stressed.

15:33 GMT:

The controversial laws limiting mass demonstrations and toughening penalties for taking part in mass disorders will come into effect on Wednesday at midnight, according to Ukrainian Minister of Justice Elena Lukash.

15:17 GMT:

At least 163 law enforcement officers have sought medical help and 80 of them have been hospitalized with injuries in the three days of riots in central Kiev, says the latest statement by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

The policemen suffered head injuries, fractures, burns, stab and slash wounds, as well as poisoning by“unknown substances,” the statement said.

Tuesday, January 21

21:46 GMT:

Protesters in Kiev have launched a new website that helps demonstrators find transportation to Independence Square. The site, titled ‘I Go to Maidan,’ allows users to offer or ask for rides to downtown Kiev.

21:13 GMT:

Protesters making molotov cocktails at the barricades in Kiev:

20:20 GMT:

Missing opposition activist Igor Lutsenko has been found, RIA Novosti reports, citing the activist’s Facebook page.

According to messages on Lutsenko’s Facebook wall, he was kidnapped and left in a forest without a cell phone by unknown people. The messages say he is now “in a good mood and in awful shape.”

Earlier on Monday, Kiev police opened a criminal case into the disappearance of Lutsenko, UNIAN agency reports, citing the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

Police have denied they detained Lutsenko after he brought another protester to a hospital. The statement comes after the opposition Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party claimed that law enforcement was behind his “kidnapping.”

19:57 GMT:

The police will apply force in accordance with the law if the violent riots continue in central Kiev, Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov told Russia 24 TV channel.

“If the provocateurs do not stop, the authorities will have no other choice but to apply force as provided for in the legislation. We are hoping for some common sense. The people must see for themselves that they are being offered chaos and destruction,” Azarov said.

The Prime Minister, however, ruled out the possibility of imposing a state of emergency in Kiev.

17:54 GMT:

The Ukrainian government is calling on the leaders of the opposition to persuade those rioting in central Kiev to cease violent clashes with the police, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Andrey Kluyev, has said.

Negotiations with opposition parties are “practically impossible” while members of those parties are taking part in “extremist and aggressive actions against law enforcers,” Kluyev stressed.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party, Arseny Yatsenyuk, demanded that the Ukrainian Prosecutor General ban the police from firing at the protesters.

Yatsenyuk and Oleg Tyagnibok of the Svoboda (Freedom) party met with the Prosecutor General, Viktor Pshonka, on Tuesday to discuss the situation in the capital.

“God forbid there is even one death. That would be the red line, after which we would never be able to return to peaceful ways,” Yatsenyuk told Pshonka, as quoted by the Batkivshchina Party press service.

17:27 GMT:

Several thousand protesters and hundreds of cars are blocking several military installations in Western Ukraine, according to reports by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

In the city of Lvov, “about 200 cars and up to two thousand people, including masked radical youth,” are blocking a military unit. According to the ministry, the blockade is preventing the military from “guarding public order” in the city.

In Ivano-Frankovsk, the protesters have blocked an Interior Troops department for the second day in a row.

The protesters believe their actions will prevent the dispatching of additional troops to Kiev.

17:09 GMT:

Protesters have made barricades from burnt police vehicles, Aleksey Yaroshevsky reports from central Kiev.

16:21 GMT:

The Ukrainian opposition and “representatives of a number of foreign states” are directly responsible for the ongoing riots in central Kiev, President Viktor Yanukovich’s aide, Andrey Portnov, has announced at a briefing of the task group on settling the political crisis in the country.

Although the opposition leaders have insisted the protest is peaceful, they now identify themselves with those responsible for blocking the government buildings and clashing with law enforcement officers, Portnov said.

Those international groups and foreign officials who “justify the unlawful actions of the rioters” also bear responsibility for the situation in Ukraine, the presidential aide stressed.

15:33 GMT:

The controversial laws limiting mass demonstrations and toughening penalties for taking part in mass disorders will come into effect on Wednesday at midnight, according to Ukrainian Minister of Justice Elena Lukash.

15:17 GMT:

At least 163 law enforcement officers have sought medical help and 80 of them have been hospitalized with injuries in the three days of riots in central Kiev, says the latest statement by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

The policemen suffered head injuries, fractures, burns, stab and slash wounds, as well as poisoning by“unknown substances,” the statement said.

Tuesday, January 21

15:10 GMT:

The Ukrainian government will not impose a state of emergency in Ukraine in connection with the ongoing riots, the Secretary of National Security and Defense Council, Andrey Kluyev, has said.

Armour-clad security forces block access to the Verkhovna Rada parliament in Kiev on January 21, 2014. (AFP Photo)Armour-clad security forces block access to the Verkhovna Rada parliament in Kiev on January 21, 2014. (AFP Photo)
15:07 GMT:

Vitaly Klitschko, the leader of the opposition party UDAR, has withdrawn from the negotiation process, the Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Andrey Kluyev, has announced.

According to Kluyev, there was “no constructive dialogue” and Klitschko started by saying he is going to quit.
The official, however, called on the opposition leader to return to the negotiation table.

14:54 GMT:

The EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, Stefan Fule, will arrive in Kiev on Friday to meet the Ukrainian government and opposition to discuss the situation in the country, Fule’s spokesman, Peter Stano, told Interfax-Ukraine.

14:41 GMT:

Opposition leader, Vitaly Klitschko, of the UDAR party said he has not met Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich because the president was busy holding a consultation meeting.

Klitschko left the meeting of the task group on settling the situation in the country after being told by presidential advisors that Yanukovich would “call” him as soon as he is free, UDAR’s press service reports.

The opposition leader then went back to the scene of the recent clashes in central Kiev.

Pro-European integration protesters hold a rally in Kiev January 21, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)Pro-European integration protesters hold a rally in Kiev January 21, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
14:20 GMT:

Twenty-two of the 50 detained participants in the violent riots in central Kiev may be charged with criminal offences, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry press service said in a statement, confirming the detainees have been “notified of being under suspicion.”

13:06 GMT: The reason for violent clashes between protesters and police forces lies in the reluctance of the [Ukrainian] government to enter into dialogue with society, says the leader of the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party, Arseny Yatsenyuk, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

“People got the right to change peaceful protest into a violent one because “the voicelessness” of power and the [government’s] neglect of its people provoked what we have now in Kiev,” said Yatsenyuk in the National Resistance Headquarters.

The opposition made a list of strict requirements, according to him. Among them are the canceling of the January-16 bills, resignation of the government and the standing down of police forces and Berkut troops.

RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin

12:20 GMT: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed her concern over the recent escalation of unrest in Ukraine, particularly in the wake of new legislation passed on January 16.

“I call on the authorities to suspend application of the laws to allow time for a thorough review of their content,” she says.

Pillay says she is “particularly concerned by the potential that these laws have to curtail the right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, the right to information, the right of civil society to work freely.”

Nine controversial bills, which permit the arrest of protesters who wear masks or helmets and erect tents or stages without permission from the authorities, come into force on January 22.

11:48 GMT: Government supporters have gathered in Mariinsky park next to the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev to hold a rally, reports Interfax-Ukraine. The venue for the protest, dubbed “Stop the coup d’état!”, is being guarded by police officers.

Over 3,000 protesters have gathered in Mariinsky park, according to the organizers of the rally, but police figures put it at 1,500.

Protesters reinforce their barricade in Kiev on January 21, 2014 during clashing break of the opposition and the police. (AFP Photo/Sergei Supinski)Protesters reinforce their barricade in Kiev on January 21, 2014 during clashing break of the opposition and the police. (AFP Photo/Sergei Supinski)

11:23 GMT: The number of protesters injured in recent clashes in Kiev has reached 122 and 50 still remain in hospitals, reports Kiev City State Administration. On Tuesday 6 protesters from Grushevskogo Street sought medical help, 5 of them have been admitted to hospitals.

119 police officers have sought medical help after two days of clashes in the Ukrainian capital, 80 of them remain hospitalized.

10:28 GMT: The leader of the opposition Udar (Strike) party Vitaly Klitschko is to meet President Viktor Yanukovich for negotiations on Tuesday, reports Ukrainian TBi news channel.

“Viktor Yanukovich has promised me to settle the conflict but he didn’t. I will meet him to seek answers, including on the five demands of the opposition,” said Klitschko.

09:58 GMT: Police forces have managed to dismantle a barricade and a catapult which was set up by protesters to hurl objects at police on Monday.

09:55 GMT: Hundreds of protesters have flooded the streets of Kiev. Many of them camped out overnight, despite low temperatures and the huge riot police presence. The protesters are now banging on lamp posts and oil drums on Grushevskovo Street as if making a call to battle.

08:51 GMT: Moscow is ready to be a mediator to settle the Ukrainian crisis only if Kiev asks it to, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a press conference.

“However I understand that our help is not needed as a direct contact between the [Ukrainian] president, government and opposition,” he adds.

08:39 GMT: The government in going to do its best to settle the conflict peacefully in Kiev, the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs said in the statement.

“The Ukrainian government plans to exercise maximum efforts to settle the conflict peacefully and [the government] hopes that international community will condemn the radical actions that provoke clashes and threaten life and health of citizens,” says the statement.

08:55 GMT: The center of Kiev is ravaged after a new wave of anti-governmental protests that took place in the Ukrainian capital overnight. After the clashes between opposition and police forces the streets remain in chaos. Overnight the protesters were throwing stones at police and banging on drums.

07:44 GMT: A pro-Western dictatorship in Ukraine is the aim of those fighting against police forces in Kiev, said the chairman of the State Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Alexey Pushkov.

“Those fighting for power in Kiev are not democrats, but trained and armed militants,” adds Pushkov.

07:32 GMT: Four priests from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church managed to stop clashes between protesters and police for a short time. They were standing and praying between opposition activists and police officers.

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— U.REVOLUTION (@U__REVOLUTION) January 21, 2014

 

07:05 GMT: Nearly 32 people have been detained by police during riots in Kiev, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported. Twenty-two of them remain in police custody as law enforcers investigate the mass disorders. Thirteen of those 22 are suspected of committing criminal offences.

One hundred and nineteen police officers have sought medical help after two days of clashes in Kiev, 80 of whom remain in hospitals, the ministry added.

06:25 GMT: Nine controversial laws from January, 16, which some members of the Ukrainian opposition branded as a state coup, have been published in the parliamentary newspaper the Voice of Ukraine (Golos Ukraini). In Ukraine, a law comes into force the day after its publication in a newspaper.

06:20 GMT: Violence appears to be calming down in Kiev. Several hundred radical protesters are currently in the center of the city. But only a few dozen are still throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at riot police, who are responding with stun grenades and rubber bullets, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

Police seized and dismantled one of the barricades erected by the rioters, but did not launch any major offensive.

Elsewhere in Kiev opposition forces clashed with young people, who they believe to be ‘titushky’ – provocateurs allegedly hired by the government to wreak havoc and discredit the protest. The leader of the opposition Udar (Strike) party Vitaly Klitschko called upon Kievans citizens not to fall for provocations.

“With the titushky in the streets and no police at all, people should organize themselves to protect peace and security in the city,” Klitschko said in a statement.

01:12 GMT: Police just destroyed the catapult which was built earlier by protesters to hurl rocks at police, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reported.

01:11: Police are trying to push protesters off the street in Ukraine’s capital as clashes enter the third day. Reports of police retaliating against Molotov cocktails with rubber bullets.

00:23 GMT: Large groups of people in sports outfits with clubs and baseball bats are descending on Independence Square, according to multiple twitter reports.

Monday, January 20

23:35 GMT: Protesters are pulling up to the governmental quarter in Kiev, fearing an assault by the police, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reported.

Protesters lining up preparing for a possible assault by the policepic.twitter.com/QU0HoD9Si1

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 20, 2014

22:48 GMT: Video footage by Ruplty news agency shows emergency services carrying Kiev’s injured from the streets to the hospital.

22:47 GMT: Around 10,000 protesters are throwing Molotov cocktails and fireworks at police around the Dynamo Stadium in Kiev. Police have retreated 10 meters and are retaliating with tear gas and rubber bullets, according to Kyiv Post.

20:45 GMT: Around 90 EuroMaidan protesters demonstrate outside the London apartment of Ukraine’s wealthiest billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, Kyiv Post reported. Demonstrators shouted “Akhmetov stop Yanukovych!” and “Akhmetov stop the bloodshed!”

Pro-European protesters take cover behind barricades during clashes with Ukranian riot police in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko) Pro-European protesters take cover behind barricades during clashes with Ukranian riot police in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

20:44 GMT: Protesters launch rocks from the catapult that they built earlier, as police retaliate with flash grenades.

The catapult has even got its own Twitter account @ukr_catapult.

New clashes have broken out by the Dynamo Stadium in central Kiev, and police were stationed around the trees there.

Pro-European integration protesters build a catapult to throw stones during clashes with police in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko) Pro-European integration protesters build a catapult to throw stones during clashes with police in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

Here’s the gear of my cameraman with a pellet hole in it pic.twitter.com/M8qR1rdGHv

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 20, 2014

19:04 GMT: At least 44 people have been taken to hospital with various injuries since Sunday, and a total number of 104 have been injured, Kiev mayor office administration reported. The figures are likely to increase as they did not include casualties from the latest clashes.

Pro-European protesters bang on a metal bin during a rally in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich) Pro-European protesters bang on a metal bin during a rally in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

Wounded policemen have also been excluded from the count, with the latest estimate by Ukrainian Interior Ministry stating that 61 out of 100 injured law enforcers have been hospitalized since Sunday.

18:12 GMT: RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports “unprecedented brutality from both sides” in Kiev. Following brutal beatings of police officers by the protesters, the clashes with law enforcers now leave more people injured.

Ruptly’s crew filmed inside a temporary hospital at the Maidan. Some injured have open wounds with bones sticking out. Gruesome

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 20, 2014

17:59 GMT: A rubber bullet hits a cameraman of Ukraine’s ICTV channel in the eye. Doctors at the scene say he might partially lose eyesight.

Grenade explodes during clashes between police and protesters in central Kiev on January 20, 2014. (AFP Photo / Vasily Maximov) Grenade explodes during clashes between police and protesters in central Kiev on January 20, 2014. (AFP Photo / Vasily Maximov)

17:47 GMT:

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

To clarify – our cameraman’s back shield was hit with a rubber pellet in a metal casing, not a firearm bullet

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 20, 2014

17:30 GMT: RT’s Yaroshevsky reports that at least four injured people were carried on stretchers to ambulance cars in the last 15 minutes of clashes.

17:20 GMT: Representatives of the Ukrainian government and the opposition are holding a crisis meeting, seeking to end the political crisis in the country, local UNN agency reports citing Party of Regions’ MP Anna German.

17:15 GMT: Protesters test-fire the “anti-police” catapult, a projectile lands harmlessly less than 10 meters away, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports.

Катапульта уже в ремонте #євромайдан pic.twitter.com/JumAORhf7X

— Євромайдан (@Dbnmjr) January 20, 2014

16:29 GMT: Ukrainian police have used tear gas and stun grenades after pro-EU protesters began throwing Molotov cocktails at officers.

Protesters hold Molotov cocktails during clashes with the police in the centre of Kiev on January 20, 2014. (AFP PHhoto / Sergei Supinsky) Protesters hold Molotov cocktails during clashes with the police in the centre of Kiev on January 20, 2014. (AFP PHhoto / Sergei Supinsky)
Riot policemen during clashes with protesters outside Dynamo stadium in Kiev. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin) Riot policemen during clashes with protesters outside Dynamo stadium in Kiev. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

13:30 GMT: The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has condemned the “commandants of Maidan” – the deputies from the opposition representing the protesters rallying in central Independence Square – for providing rioters with “dangerous cold steel arms.”

The opposition deputies are handing aggressive protesters “two meter-long wooden sticks with sharp metal tips,” the ministry said. The improvised weapons are going to be used to harm law enforcement officers, it said.

The MPs are abusing their immunity for forming illegal armed units and inciting mass disorder, the ministry said.

#maidan#kiev#lesOpposants ont achevé la construction du #trébuchet et le chargent avec des pierres. #euromaidanpic.twitter.com/MNmlFtEHiB

— Alekséï Konovalov (@equitibus) January 20, 2014

13:00 GMT: Protesters in Kiev are setting up an improved catapult, looking to fire projectiles at police cordons, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports from the scene.

12:00 GMT: More than 100 people sought medical assistance after the first day of violence on Sunday, with 61 police officers injured during the riot. Over 30 people were detained.

Sunday, January 19

21:40 GMT: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich ordered the country’s Security Council Secretary Andrey Klyuyev to create a working group tasked with resolving the political crisis in the country, Itar-Tass reports siting the press service of the Ukrainian president.

Protesters clash with riot police on January 19, 2014 during an opposition rally in the centre of the Ukrainian capital Kiev in a show of defiance against strict new curbs on protests. (AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)Protesters clash with riot police on January 19, 2014 during an opposition rally in the centre of the Ukrainian capital Kiev in a show of defiance against strict new curbs on protests. (AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)

 

21:13 GMT: The US Embassy in Ukraine has called to end the ongoing violent confrontations between protestors and police in Kiev, urging a political dialogue.

“The United States Embassy calls for an end to ongoing violent confrontations between protestors and police in Kiev. We urge calm and call on all sides to cease any acts provoking or resulting in violence,”the Embassy said in a statement posted on its website.

“We further urge the Government of Ukraine to immediately start negotiations with all sides to resolve the political standoff, address protestors’ concerns, and prevent violence from spreading,” the statement reads.

20:57 GMT: At least 5 buses and two police trucks are now ablaze in central Kiev as rioters throw Molotov cocktails. The burning vehicles are blocking the way of the demonstrators to the government and parliament buildings.

Pro-European integration protesters hide behind shields during clashes with Ukranian riot police in Kiev January 19, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)Pro-European integration protesters hide behind shields during clashes with Ukranian riot police in Kiev January 19, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

20:54 GMT: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has promised to establish a joint commission of the presidential administration, the government and the opposition, that will work to end the crisis in Ukraine, Vitaly Klitschko announced after the meeting with the president, Itar-Tass reports

20:42 GMT: The Interior Ministry denies deploying rubber bullets against the rioters, Itar – Tass reports.

20:33 GMT: At least 40 policemen have been injured in clashes in Kiev, Interior Ministry reports.

20:18 GMT: Opposition leaders Arseny Yatsenyuk and Alexander Turchinov urge the demonstrators to leave Grushevsky Street and return to Maidan to protest peacefully, lenta.ru reports.

Pro-European integration protesters clash with Ukranian riot police during a rally near government administration buildings in Kiev January 19, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)Pro-European integration protesters clash with Ukranian riot police during a rally near government administration buildings in Kiev January 19, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

20:15 GMT: Top opposition figures are trying to distance themselves from the violence in the street using a “good cop bad cop” tactics, investigative journalist Neil Clark told RT. “If the opposition had the support which they claim to have then why don’t they simply wait for elections next February?” Clark wondered. “And the hypocrisy of the Western leaders about this is quite striking because Yanukovich was a democratically elected leader. And in a democracy if you want to remove the government then what you do is you try to persuade people to vote for you in free elections.”

20:00 GMT: Interior Ministry reports that over 70 law enforcement officers suffered injuries in clashes

19:12 GMT: Two journalists suffered from stun grenades in Kiev, Interfax reports.

18:56 GMT: Rubber bullets are reportedly being used by law enforcement to push back the rioters.

18:27 GMT:
 At least 30 policemen have been injured in clashes in Kiev, 4 of them in critical condition, Interior Ministry reports.

Ukrainian riot police reacts after being hit by a petrol bomb during clashes with pro-European integration protesters in Kiev January 19, 2014. (Reuters / Stringer)Ukrainian riot police reacts after being hit by a petrol bomb during clashes with pro-European integration protesters in Kiev January 19, 2014. (Reuters / Stringer)

18:13 GMT: Police detained four active rioters, as reported by the “Comments” publication citing the Interior Ministry.

17:55 GMT: Police deny using water cannon against protesters. The Interior Ministry said that it was a fire hydrant.

17:49 GMT: Rioters have overturned and vandalized several parked cars.

17:40 GMT: EU Ambassador to Ukraine Ian Tombinsky urged the crowds in Kiev not to aggravate the situation. “We urge people not to exacerbate an already difficult and dangerous situation. The attack on the police may give rise to those who do not want a political solution of the crisis.”

17:30 GMT: Molotov cocktails are seen being thrown at police lines as rioters continue to attack law enforcement in Maidan Square and Grushevsky Street.

AFP Photo / Volodymyr Shuvayev AFP Photo / Volodymyr Shuvayev

17:24 GMT: More than 20 law enforcement officers suffered injuries in clashes on Grushevsky Street, interior Ministry reports. Ten people are hospitalized, four of them are in serious condition. Most suffered head injuries, fractures, bruises and “poisoning from unknown substances.”

17:10 GMT: At least 20 policemen have been injured in clashes, the Interior Ministry reports.

16:56 GMT:
 Reporter from “Vesti” news says the radical opposition from the Maidan square are bringing axes to Grushevsky street and are preparing to attack the “Berkut” special forces cordon.

16:49 GMT: Doctors from Kiev’s hospitals are being called into Maidan to help the wounded, UNIAN reports.

16:40 GMT: Police use stun and gas grenades to push the protesters beyond the security cordon and from the roofs of buses.

Police bus set on fire in Kiev. Getting worse pic.twitter.com/hLDgH9T0aX

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 19, 2014

16:26 GMT: Police open criminal proceedings into the riots taking place on Grushevsky Street, under Article 294 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, UNIAN reports.

16:24 GMT: Security forces are trying to defend themselves and disperse the crowd using tear gas

16:21 GMT: At another scene of the protest, on Grushevsky Street, around 500 protesters also clash with police. At the Dinamo Stadium, another bus is set on fire.

Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko (C) reacts after he was sprayed with a powder fire extinguisher during a pro-European integration rally in Kiev January 19, 2014 (Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko)Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko (C) reacts after he was sprayed with a powder fire extinguisher during a pro-European integration rally in Kiev January 19, 2014 (Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko)

16:16 GMT: Water cannon have been deployed at the Maidan Square. Opposition activists have claimed police already used it to disperse the crowd.

16:08 GMT:
 Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko stepped in to try to prevent the clashes, but was sprayed with powder from a fire extinguisher in the process. Photos on Twitter showed Klitschko, covered in foam, trying to calm down the crowd through a bullhorn.

Rioters are smashing police bus pic.twitter.com/1bCW0lDkiX via @euromaidan

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 19, 2014

16:04 GMT: Opposition Arseny Yatsenyuk and Oleg Tyahnibok urge participants on Maidan not to succumb to provocations and remain on the Maidan and continue to protest peacefully. However, many protesters do not pay attention to these calls.

RIA Novosti / Grigory VasilenkoRIA Novosti / Grigory Vasilenko

16:00 GMT: Rioters from the “right sector” (armed wing of the nationalist wing in Maidan) capture a Special Forces soldier from the “Berkut” detachment and are dragging him to face public trial on Maidan, Ukranian Insider publication reports.

14:30 GMT: Hundreds of Ukrainian protesters approach cordons of security forces surrounding government buildings and start throwing stones at the police, as at least 10,000 people are rallying on Kiev’s central Independence Square at an anti-government demonstration.

Protesters wearing orange helmets and wielding sticks and flares clash with police and attempt to turn over a police bus. Police retaliates by throwing flash grenades from behind the cordon.

A police bus is set on fire by a petrol bomb as the cordon stands its ground and the opposition leaders urge the protesters to refrain from violence and stop provoking the law enforcers.

AFP Photo / Sergei SupinskyAFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky
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