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