TEXAS: ‘ Lawyer: Officer didn’t target black teens at Texas pool ‘

#AceNewsReport#Breaking Update:June.11: Texas officer was not targeting minorities:

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DALLAS (AP) – A white Texas police officer was not targeting minorities when he wrestled a black teenage girl to the ground and brandished his gun outside a pool party, his lawyer said, but rather was fraught with emotion after responding earlier to two suicide calls.

As activists demanded Wednesday that prosecutors charge former officer David Eric Casebolt, his attorney Jane Bishkin said…

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MOLDOVA: ‘ Dignity & Truth Protesters Rally Against Corruption ‘

#AceNewsReport – MOLDOVA:June.07: Nearly 10,000 protesters came out onto the streets of central Chisinau on Sunday to protest corruption and to call on those responsible for the country’s corruption-ridden paralysis to resign and face prosecution, local media have reported.

People protest on Streets against Corruption '
‘ People protest on Streets against Corruption ‘

Organized by the ‘Dignity and Truth’ civic group, an eclectic collection of civic activists, political scientists and journalists, the mostly pro-EU oriented protesters voted on a resolution against the pro-EU coalition government, saying its lack of political will has led to a loss of confidence inside the country and in the eyes of its international partners.

The resolution demanded that members of the parliament and judges be stripped of their immunity from prosecution, and called on state officials involved in the scandal surrounding the theft of nearly a billion euros from three banks to face punishment. The civic group gave the government until August 27 (Moldova’s Independence Day) to meet their demands, threatening to return with larger protests. 

The phrases “Down with the traitors!”, “Down with the Mafia!”, “Criminals to Jail!” and “Igor Plahotnyuk [a local oligarch], don’t forget, your home is in jail!” could be heard coming from the crowd and seen on homemade posters. Some of the protesters carried Moldovan, Romanian and EU flags.

Speaking before the crowd, Igor Botan, a well-known local pro-EU political scientist and one of the leaders of Dignity and Truth, stated that “we must step up protests in order to see justice, including over the theft of a billion euros from the banking system. We believe that the architects of this robbery of the century are themselves the leaders of the ruling parties. Without active protests, [authorities] will not do anything.”

Botan added that authorities have promised that a third of the money stolen in the country’s recent banking scandal may be returned, “two thirds will be transferred to the national debt, so that we the tax payers will be forced to return it. We cannot sit idly by and watch this. It is obvious that those who are responsible for this situation will not punish themselves.”

Dignity and Truth had earlier held several large-scale meetings, the last of which took place in early May and gathered nearly 50,000 people.

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HONG KONG: ‘ PROTEST LEADERS IN MOK KOK ARRESTED AS POLICE CLEAR AREA ‘

#AceWorldNews – HONG KONG – Nov.26 – Student protest organizers were reportedly arrested in Hong Kong on Wednesday, as police cleared out a protest site in Mong Kok district, according to student groups’ Facebook pages.

' PROTESTER LEADERS IN MOK KOK ARRESTED '

‘ PROTESTER LEADERS IN MOK KOK ARRESTED ‘

Protest leaders Joshua Wong and Lester Shum were taken into custody.

The news came as Hong Kong police cleared out barricades and tents from Mong Kok district – the site of pro-democracy rallies – Reuters cited witnesses as saying.

After three hours, police were able to get traffic flowing along Nathan Road, which had been blocked since September.

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‘ TWELVE TURKISH NATIONALISTS DETAINED AFTER ATTACK ON US SAILORS IN ISTANBUL ‘

#AceNewsServices – TURKEY – Nov.13 – Twelve Turkish nationalists detained after an attack on US sailors in Istanbul were released on Thursday, Reuters said.

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The group, which comprised members of the nationalist Turkish Youth Union, assaulted the three sailors on a crowded street in Istanbul on Wednesday, shouting “Yankee go home.”

“We want you to get lost and we are using our right to protest” and “Down with US Imperialism,” the group was heard saying.

Other members of the youth movement tried to force sacks on the heads of the Americans in an apparent tip of the hat to a 2003 incident in which US forces arrested Turkish soldiers in northern Iraq and subjected them to similar treatment.

In a statement published in Turkish and translated by the New York Times, the union said Wednesday that the protest was staged in dedication to our martyrs and to the millions of innocent people slaughtered by the imperialism in the Middle East.”

Screenshot from YouTube user TGBİnternet Bürosu

Screenshot from YouTube user TGBİnternet Bürosu

“We find it ugly and disturbing. We condemn that attack,” US military spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters in Washington.

“We have enjoyed a strong relationship with Turkey for many years,” the Navy said in a statement. “Turkish ports have long been very popular destinations for US Navy ships, and our sailors have enjoyed the warm hospitality that has traditionally been extended.”

Over Twitter, the US Embassy in Turkey said they found the incident “appalling,” adding, “While we respect the right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression, we condemn today’s attack in Istanbul, and have no doubt that the vast majority of Turks would join us in rejecting an action that so disrespects Turkey’s reputation for hospitality.”

Ozgur Unluhisarcikli, the director of the German Marshall Fundof the United States office in Ankara, described the youth brigade to the Times as a “fringe group” and said that while he believes the protest to be marginal, it nevertheless “will appeal to the wider public because it resonates with the national pride of Turks.” According to the German Marshall Fund, a nonpartisan American-based think tank, 64 percent of Turks hold an unfavourable opinion of the US.

“It will be interesting to see what the Turkish government’s reaction is to this incident and whether they condemn it,” Turkish expert and Foreign Policy Interrupted co-founder Elmira Bayrasli added to the Times. “If they skirt around the issue I fear that more attacks like this will be repeated.”

NTV television reported that a dozen people were subsequently arrested over their alleged involvement. Meanwhile, US Vice President Joe Biden remains slated to arrive in Istanbul late next week for meetings with officials representing Turkey, a NATO ally, which AFP said is intended to ease tensions between the countries as the Pentagon further pursues efforts to gain Turkish support in the multi-national campaign against the so-called Islamic State group in neighboring Iraq and Syria. Last month, Biden called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after alleging during a speech that Istanbul has been complicit in the Islamic State’s campaign by letting fighters use its border to enter Syria.

“If Biden told these words, then he will be history to me. I never uttered such remarks, Erdogan fired back. “He should apologize. I’m saying this clearly. And we won’t accept slender, indirect explanations. Later, Biden “apologized for any implication that Turkey or other allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of ISIL (IS, ISIS) or other violent extremists in Syria,” the White House explained.

The nationalists faced possible charges of insult, injury and breaching laws on public protests before being released from court by the prosecutor, the Dogan news agency said.

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HONG KONG: ‘ STUDENTS PLAN TO OCCUPY ROADS TO BRITISH CONSULATE ‘

#AceWorldNews – HONG KONG – Nov.12 – Hong Kong students plan to occupy roads surrounding the city’s British consulate, AFP reported.

' Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy roads to UK consulate '

‘ Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy roads to UK consulate ‘

The move reflects protesters’ anger at a “lack of support” from the UK.

The organizers condemn Britain for not standing up to China over “breaches” of the agreement made before Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997.

Meanwhile, the city’s authorities have urged protesters to leave the main rally sites after more than six weeks of demonstrations.

Police will back up bailiffs in clearing barricades, and the operation could start in the next few days.

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` Police Fired Tear-Gas and Water Cannons At 10,000 Royalist Protesters ‘

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – May 09Police fired tear-gas and water cannons against over 10,000 royalist protesters in Thailand’s capital in the aftermath of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s ouster.

Demonstrators led by the opposition’s Suthep Thaugsuban are demanding that the authorities disband the rest of the government within three days or face more aggressive protests. Yingluck’s Puea Thai Party still runs the cabinet and hopes to organize and win the July 20 election.

The protesters want the election postponed and reforms to end the influence of Yingluck’s brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. Tens of thousands of the Shinawatras’ Red Shirt supporters, angered by Yingluck’s ouster, are also on their way to Bangkok for a rally Saturday.

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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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#Fracking : “Police go too Far in Trying to Frame Cameraman During an Anti-Fracking Protest”

#AceNewsServices says according to 21stCenturywire this incident took place at Barton Moss, near Manchester, England, on the site of a peaceful anti-fracking protest.

The UK police officer shown in this video has been caught red-handed on a power-trip gone too far, or so it seemed. What eventually transpired was even worse than that.

First the officer in question (pictured below) clearly shoves the cameraman knocking him to the ground — and appears unbothered by what he has done, but he’s only getting warmed up.

Not content to merely to harass and intimidate (that’s come to be expected by police in the new corporate security state), he then attempts to frame the man filming on a fake DUI charge — only the victim was actually a pedestrian walking on a public footpath.

It’s clear from this footage that the videographer was targeted by this crazed copper because police did not want him filming them as they roughed-up peaceful protesters (since police appear to be able to wipe their conscious while playing the role of corporate thug, they don’t like the idea of being filmed at their worst).

After lying on camera claiming that the innocent man filming “already admitted to having a drink”, this shameful police officer then hands the victim over to two new police officers who threaten arrest if the victim does not consent to giving a roadside breathalyzer test. The victim then refuses and the two brainless police officers proceed to place the victim under arrest.

The second two police officers will probably give a predictable ’pass-the-buck’ excuse like, ‘we were just doing our job – we were told that the man handed over to us had been drinking and driving’. But they did not bother to question the fantastic accusations of first dodgy copper. Worse, the second two officers were so dumb, they did not even consider checking to see if the man actually owned a motor vehicle in the first place.

Still, they still arrested him anyway.

Straight out of Keystone Cops, only these two are real.

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#Ukraine : ” Leader who was Tortured for Eight Day’s Leaves for Lithuania”

#AceNewsServices says `Beaten Protest Leader Dmytro Bulatov leaves Ukraine’ for Lithuania’ 

A Ukrainianprotest leader who says he was abducted and tortured has left the country for medical treatment.

Dmytro Bulatov has flown to Latvia. afpDmytro Bulatov has flown to Latvia. It was reported earlier that his final destination was Lithuania.

He appeared on TV last week with a gash on his face and part of his ear cut off. He said he had been held and beaten for eight days.

His case became a new rallying point for protesters, who want President Viktor Yanukovych to resign.

Thousands are currently in Maidan square, a focal point for the protesters.

Mr Yanukovych has offered a number of concessions and his cabinet quit their jobs.

But the demonstrators, many of whom want to see closer ties with the EU rather than Russia, have not been placated.

‘Tragic situation’

Mr Bulatov was a leader of a group called Automaidan, made up mainly of drivers who would protect the protest camps and blockade streets.

He went missing on 22 January and re-emerged eight days later the outskirts of Kiev.

He told the media he had been “crucified” by his abductors, who he could not identify other than to say they had Russian accents.

Opposition politicians Western diplomats expressed outrage at the incident.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton condemned the “deliberate targeting of organisers and participants of peaceful protests”.

On Sunday, opposition leader Vitali Klitschko said European diplomats had helped to arrange medical care outside Ukraine.

 

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#Ukraine : `Amnesty Law In Force Today’

#AceNewsServices says `Ukrainian Amnesty Law Comes into Force Today’

law granting amnesty to the participants of the mass protests in Ukraine came into force SundayThe law granting amnesty to the participants of the mass protests in Ukraine came into force Sunday. The government and the opposition have agreed that the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovnaya Rada, would announce an amnesty if administration buildings and roads were unblocked by the rioters. The protesters have 15 days to meet the demands.

The amnesty does not affect those who committed major offences such as murder or kidnaping during the riots that have gripped the country for weeks.

 

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#Kiev : ” Day of Calm Brings Further Disruption as `Rioter’s Seize Justice Ministry Building’ in Defiance”

#AceNewsServices says `Kiev Protesters‘ seize `Justice Ministry Building’ after day of calm.

Published time: January 27, 2014 01:58
Edited time: January 27, 2014 09:06
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Protests in Kiev. Ukrainian protesters blockaded the main government building on Monday, seeking to force President Viktor Yanukovich from office. (Reuters)
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Protesters in Kiev seized the Justice Ministry building near Independence Square on Sunday, following a day of calm. It comes one day after rioters seiged a convention center in the capital where police were stationed.

Rioters seized the building on Sunday evening. “At 22:38 security in the building called in an attempted seizure of the building. Information was confirmed, the building remains seized,” police said, according to Unian news agency.

Local media reported that no one was hurt during the seizure of the building. Following the incident, activist group Common Cause claimed responsibility for the seizure, posting a message on their Facebook page.

Ukrainian Justice Minister Elena Lukash has said she will ask the National Security and Defense Council to introduce a state of emergency if rioters do not leave the ministry building.

If the protesters do not leave the Justice Ministry building in half an hour I will ask the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to impose the state of emergency,” she told Inter TV channel.

Lukash said the ministry building was captured just when the last amendments were being made to the law “On Changes to the Constitution of Ukraine” in order to return to the 2004 text of the constitution.

According to AFP, the group entered the building without any resistance and is currently building a system of barricades just outside the building. Common Cause is reportedly the same group that earlier occupied the Energy and Agricultural Ministries.

UDAR party leader Vitaly Klitschko entered the building, Interfax reported.

Despite some active steps taken by the opposition, there is a definite split in the protest movement, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports from Kiev.

Opposition leaders can’t even agree on their positions on a presidential amnesty.

“President Yanukovich said he’ll release the detained protesters – if there’s no further resistance in central Kiev. And our position is the same,” Vitaly Klitschko said.

His fellow opposition leader Oleg Tyagnibok expressed the opposite point of view.

“We’ll only agree to Yanukovich’s terms on the release of the protesters, if the interior minister orders police not to arrest our people anymore,” he said.

The opposition leaders largely fail to convince the crowd, too.

“I’m not even listening to them, everything has already been done by us”“We’re running the show, they are forced to listen to us” are just two of the opinions heard by RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky on Kiev’s streets.

Sunday began with a ceasefire in Kiev as protesters reinforced barricades and mourned a deceased protester. Sunday demonstrations were called off to allow for the funeral procession, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reported.

Several foreign diplomats – including European, US, and Canadian ambassadors – “inspected” Kiev’s Independence Square on Sunday and spoke to representatives of the radical Right Sector group, the press service of the opposition Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party said in a statement.

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— ЄВРОМАЙДАН (@euromaidan) January 26, 2014

The diplomats are “convinced” that the protests in central Kiev are “not dangerous” and that protesters do not have “stockpiles of arms,” the report says. They also allegedly agreed that “beasts” and “armed gangs” were responsible for the violence, while protesters “are defending their rights and dignity.”

Officials arrived around the time of the memorial service for the deceased Independence Square protester. It is not clear whether the diplomats planned their arrival time accordingly.

Meanwhile, member of parliament for the ruling Party of Regions, Vadim Kolesnichenko, said that opposition leaders in Ukraine have no idea how to end the crisis. “Regrettably, last night in Kiev demonstrated that the opposition leaders are unable to fulfill the obligations they have undertaken,” he told ITAR-TASS.

“Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s [leader of the opposition Batkivshchina party] statement that he is ready to head the Ukrainian government to continue the European integration course looks treacherous after the turmoil the protesters staged at the Ukrainian House in European Square. It looks like the opposition leaders have neither any idea nor solutions how to get out of the current situation,” Kolesnichenko added.

Overall, at least 311 police officers have been injured in the Kiev riots, 118 of whom have been hospitalized with head injuries, fractures, burns, and stab and slash wounds. Some have also been poisoned by “unknown substances,” the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said in a Sunday statement.

The ministry’s press service also informed Unian news agency that 116 people have been detained in connection with the mass riots in central Kiev and that a criminal investigation into “mass disorder” on Grushevskogo Street has been opened.

Several people who were previously convicted, including those who have been charged with especially grave crimes, are among the detained.

On Saturday evening, rioters stormed the Ukrainian House international convention center in Kiev. Around 200 riot police were inside the building at the time of the siege, all of whom managed to exit through a side window. Protesters threw small bombs and Molotov cocktails into the building. Police did not retaliate.

On the same day, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich offered top government posts to protest leaders and promised a review of the constitution – a move aimed at giving more power to parliament. Yanukovich proposed the post of prime minister to Batkivshina Party leader Arseny Yatsenyuk. Udar Party leader Vitaly Klitchko was offered the post of deputy prime minister for humanitarian affairs.

Despite the offers, no conclusion was reached and talks are set to continue on Tuesday.

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On Friday in Kiev, a woman knelt as she appealed to Ukrainian police troops at the site of clashes with anti-government protesters.

Protests spreading beyond Kiev

The violence that started in Kiev has spread to the west of the country and to several cities across Ukraine. Protesters have been targeting government buildings in an attempt to occupy them.

On Sunday, hundreds of anti-government protesters besieged a city administration building in the southeastern city of Zaporozhye. Footage from the scene showed a large crowd of demonstrators facing off against a police line at the main entrance to the building. Riot police managed to regain control of the area.

Hundreds of protesters rallied near government buildings in the southern Ukrainian cities of Odessa and Dnepropetrovsk.

Demonstrators also occupied an administrative building in the northeastern city of Sumy, proclaiming “People’s Rada” – an alternative regional parliament. The seizure of the building was followed by an opposition rally which claimed to have gathered 5,000 people. All the protesters were later dispersed by police.

 

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#Kiev: ” The`Ukrainian Opposition` Urges Snap Elections ‘ Even Though `Promises and Review of Constitution”

#AceNewsServices says ” The`Ukrainian Opposition’ urges snap elections, continues protests despite `PM Position Offer’ on table”

Published time: January 25, 2014 20:29
Edited time: January 26, 2014 02:19
Heavyweight boxing champion and UDAR (Punch) party leader Vitaly Klitschko (C), head of the All-Ukrainian Union Svoboda (Freedom) Party Oleg Tyagnibok (R) and Ukrainian opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
Vitali KlitchskoOpposition leaders called for an early presidential election following a Saturday meeting with the government, where top government posts were offered to protest leaders and a review of the constitution was promised.

The proposal to offer positions within the Ukrainian government to opposition leaders will be considered by all three parties and discussed with the people, Batkivschina leader Arseny Yatsenyuk said.

“We are not rejecting the offer, nor are we accepting it. We are in the midst of serious consultations between all three opposition parties. This is our mutual decision,” he said. “We are ready to take on the responsibility for the country’s future, but only under the conditions that will be set by us.”

No deal @ua_yanukovych, we’re finishing what we started. The people decide our leaders, not you. #Євромайдан

— Arseniy Yatsenyuk (@Yatsenyuk_AP) January 25, 2014

The opposition is ready to head up the government and bring Ukraine into the EU, Yatsenyuk added.

“Our task – is a new Ukrainian government ... We accept that responsibility and we are ready to bring Ukraine into the EU, which calls for the release of Yulia Tymoshenko,” he continued.

“Our country is put by those at power to the brink of falling apart...We demand that Yanukovich relieves the position of Ukraine’s president and we need a new constitution.”

Yatsenyuk: “draconian laws must be abolished in parliament on Tuesday. this is our priority, and we will not back down”

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 25, 2014

Following the talks, the head of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party, Vitaly Klitschko, said that Yanukovich agreed to many demands. “But we do not step back and demand elections this year,”he told protesters.

“What is Yanukovich ready for? For release and amnesty of all those detained. To work on getting back to the constitution of 2004. Dismissal of government on certain conditions. [He] still does not agree to abolish dictatorial laws, but only to amend them,” Klitschko added.

“Our demands: get rid of those laws…have presidential elections this year. Negotiations are continuing and we must hold on. And we will not succumb to any provocations.

Leader of the nationalist Svoboda opposition party, Oleg Tyagnibok, told protesters that those in power are backing down and changing their tune from two days ago.

The government’s negotiations with the opposition have so far yielded no results, which could signal that the standoff between the two sides will continue for the next couple of days, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky explained.

Rioters storm convention center in bid to oust police

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

An anti-government protester prepares to throw a molotov cocktail towards riot police as he tries to enter the "Ukrainian house" where riot police were located during a rally in Kiev January 26, 2014. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)An anti-government protester prepares to throw a molotov cocktail towards riot police as he tries to enter the “Ukrainian house” where riot police were located during a rally in Kiev January 26, 2014. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

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

Protesters threw small bombs and Molotov cocktails into the convention center. Police did not retaliate.

Ambulances have been seen coming and going from the center, and numerous reports have emerged that several interior ministry troops are injured inside the building.

“Tensions are far from dying down in Ukraine’s capital Kiev. We do now know that the opposition has refused to meet proposals of the president about withdrawing protesters on the street in exchange for constitutional reforms for tweaking the laws described as draconian in the country, the anti-riot laws that were passed on January 16,” Yaroshevsky said.

Anti-government protesters try to enter the "Ukrainian House" where riot police were located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)Anti-government protesters try to enter the “Ukrainian House” where riot police were located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Demonstrators were trying to force police out of the convention center, fearing they will use the building as an outpost to attack the protesters’ barricades from behind.

The mood of the protesters has become increasingly aggressive. After speaking to the core group on Independence Square, Yaroshevsky said that rioters “indicated that they would not be willing to move away from this position regardless of what the opposition or any other politician says.”

Anti-government protesters try to enter the "Ukrainian House" where the riot police are located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)Anti-government protesters try to enter the “Ukrainian House” where the riot police are located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

“Their main goal right now is to topple the government, topple the president. That is what they stand for. We also heard that the opposition leaders speaking on the stage were often booed by the protesters at Independence Square,” he added.

During the Saturday meeting, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich offered top government posts to protest leaders and promised a review of the constitution – a move aimed at giving more power to parliament.

Police spray water at anti-government protesters trying to enter the "Ukrainian House" where the riot police are located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)Police spray water at anti-government protesters trying to enter the “Ukrainian House” where the riot police are located during a rally in Kiev January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Yanukovich proposed the post of prime minister to Arseny Yatsenyuk, justice minister Elena Lukash said after the president’s meeting with opposition leaders.

The president offered the post of prime minister to Arseny Yatsenyuk. In the case of the latter’s consent to take the post, the president of Ukraine will decide on the resignation of the government,” Lukash said.

Vitaly Klitchko was offered the post of deputy prime minister for humanitarian affairs.

The president’s offer came as the government struggles to cope with the protests and violence that continue to grip the entire country.

 

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#Ukraine: “Video Shows`Riot Police Abusing Protester’ then `Stripped Naked`in Freezing Cold”

#AceNewsServices says ” Ukraine Video Shows Riot Police' Abusing Protesters Who are `Stripped Naked’ and Freezing Cold” #Kiev

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#Kiev : Ukrainian President has `Promised a Government Reshuffle’ and `Amendments to the Anti-Protest Laws’ on January 28″

#AceBreakingNews says the Ukrainian president has promised a government reshuffle and amendments to the anti-protest laws that triggered violent clashes in Kiev.

cropped-header-breaking-news.jpg“We will make a decision at this session [on January 28]. I will sign a decree and we will reshuffle the government in order to find the best possible professional government team,” Yanukovich said.

A fragile ceasefire reigns in embattled Kiev, but unrest is spreading across the rest of Ukraine, with hundreds taking to the streets and seizing administration buildings.

During six days of rioting, the opposition and the government have failed to reach agreement. Despite no concrete deal being reached on the second day of negotiations with the government, the opposition still described Thursday’s four-hour meeting as “positive”, and said it would continue talks. Its major demands are focusing on the government’s resignation and early elections.

The public responded to the meeting with new barricades on Independence Square. A group of protesters seized the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food headquarters nearby.

For the first time this week Kiev has seen no clashes. The protesters aren’t provoking police with attacks, but, at the same time, they are not standing idly by either. They are strengthening barricades and building new ones, and moving closer to presidential headquarters.

A total of more than 100 people were detained following mass riots in the city, Kiev authorities stated on Thursday. Hundreds more have sustained injuries. Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs said about 256 police officers have been wounded, with 100 of them hospitalized.

In some cities, mostly in western Ukraine, protesters have attempted or seized local administration buildings, demanding governors’ resignations.

 

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#Kiev : ” Tense Ceasefire in the `Ukraine’ as the `Protester’s and Police’ Stand Waiting for `Outcome’ of Negotiations”

#AceNewsServices say “Ceasefire in Ukraine: Barricades doused out, violence an inch from reigniting”

Published time: January 22, 2014 19:15
Edited time: January 23, 2014 11:26
January 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Anatolii Boiko)January 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Anatolii Boiko)
January 23, 2014. (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

A tense ceasefire was announced in Kiev on the fifth day of violence, with radical protesters and riot police holding their position. Opposition leaders are negotiating with the government, but doubts remain that they will be able to stop the rioters.

Read RT’s live updates from Ukraine.

A ‘quiet period’ has been negotiated between police and opposition activists until 8pm local time (18:00 GMT), opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko said.

He promised he will be in Grushevskogo Street by the end of the ceasefire to report to the protesters on the meeting he and other opposition leader’s are to have with President Viktor Yanukovich. The protesters promised to restrain from violence.

Eyewitnesses reported that the radical activists indeed stopped pelting police cordon with stones and firecrackers, which they had done for hours. Footage from the scene shows white steam clouds rising from where barricade’s of tires were previously burning.

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 the resignation of the cabinet of ministers and an 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. After this, the opposition threatened “to go on the offensive”, while the government recommended them “to be more modest in their ultimatums.”

It is not clear whether the talks, even if successful, will be enough to stop the rioting activists. Previously they defied the moderate opposition leaders, including Klichko, who was doused with a fire extinguisher on Sunday, as he was trying to stop rampaging radical fighters from attacking police officers.

Protesters remain in Grushevskogo Street, the scene of a days-long intensive confrontation with “radical anti-government activists” in the vicinity of the Ukrainian parliament building. Rioters were burning tires, smashing up streets and erecting barricades throughout Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Throughout the evening, police have held their line, attempting to put out fires with water cannons. After four days of protests, the center of the Ukrainian capital continues to resemble a war zone, with smoke, barricades, and debris all around.

Former Ukrainian president Leonid Kravchuk said he is grateful for the patience that police officers and the Berkut unit have shown while confronting rioters on Grushevskogo Street.

“I am grateful to the guys and Berkut, who are standing there now. I do not condone nor approve of the fact that they cleared out the students on November 30, although the right thing to do would be to criticize the person who gave out the order,” Kravchuk said in a Forbes opinion piece. “Now they are going through an incredible challenge: being beaten up, having stones and burning mixtures thrown at them, and they stand there and endure. Not many countries have military who would tolerate such a treatment in a similar situation.”

January 22, 2014 (Reuters / Stringer)January 22, 2014 (Reuters / Stringer)

Wednesday’s clashes between rioters and police intensified in the afternoon after riot police cleared Grushevskogo Street.

Footage from the Ukrainian capital showed hundreds of police officers using tear gas, rubber bullets, and stun grenades against the protesters, in what is believed to be the largest dispersal to take place since the latest outbreak of violence began. Some clashes involved policemen snatching individual rioters from the crowd and brutally beating them.

RIA Novosti / Andrey SteninRIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin

Demonstrators responded with an intense barrage of stones and Molotov cocktails, briefly disrupting police advancement. Berkut special police forces were forced to retreat due to heavy smoke from burning tires.

Two protesters have been killed and hundreds of others wounded during the past four days of clashes. Almost 200 officers have sustained injuries.

January 22, 2014 (AFP Photo / Anatolii Boiko)January 22, 2014 (AFP Photo / Anatolii Boiko)

Shocking footage showed rioters armed with sticks and flares attacking cordons of security forces surrounding government buildings. Donned in orange helmets, the protesters threw stones, debris, and Molotovs directly at police.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs published a video showing a group of officers being suddenly attacked from behind a fence on Monday.

Petrol bombs are being thrown in the middle of the cordons, settling police uniforms on fire.

As tensions continued to run high in the violent standoff in Kiev on Wednesday, some police officers were seen throwing Molotov cocktails at crowds of protesters.

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov said on Wednesday that police were not given any additional instructions on the use of force against the protesters. Conversely, procedures now in place ensure the minimal use of force against only the most violent rioters. “Instructions given to law enforcement authorities were simple: avoid the use of force against peaceful demonstrators, and prevent violent seizure of government buildings and institutions,” Azarov said in the BBC interview.

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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.

Still from www.ustream.tvStill from www.ustream.tv
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.

pic.twitter.com/dCjxwIFuVw

— 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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“Explosion Rock’s Bangkok as Opposition Protests and Army Calls for Talks”

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RT News – Published time: January 19, 2014 15:56
Thai anti-government protesters parade during a rally in Bangkok on January 19, 2014 (AFP Photo)Thai anti-government protesters parade during a rally in Bangkok on January 19, 2014 (AFP Photo)
Two blasts at an anti-government rally in Bangkok have left at least 28 protesters injured, some seriously. As the protests go on despite previous assaults, Thailand‘s army chief is urging the government and opposition to negotiate.

The first explosion near Victory Monument, in the north of the city, where protesters continue to rally ceaselessly, went off some 200 meters from a stage set up by opposition activists. Police believe the explosion was caused by frag grenades.

The 28 injured protesters were brought to four different hospitals in the city, according to the Bangkok Emergency Medical Center. Seven are in critical condition.

Another blast happened minutes later near vendors selling anti-government T-shirts, reportedly injuring two of them.

“The first blast I heard was from behind the stage,” Reuters reported Teerawut Utakaprechanun as saying.

“People were looking around. I saw the security guards running after a suspect. After one minute I heard another bomb blast.”

Protesters who run several round-the-clock demonstrations in Bangkok since November 2013 are being increasingly targeted by unknown malefactors.

On Friday a frag grenade thrown into group of marching opposition activists killed one and wounded at least 35 demonstrators.

On Saturday night, shooting took place some 300 meters from a stage used by protesters. A 54-year-old volunteer guard was seriously wounded in the back and remains in intensive care after undergoing surgery.

Also, police reported that small quantities of explosives were thrown at protest leaders’ homes.

Since November, the death toll of both protesters and police has reached nine.

Thai anti-government protesters wave national flags during a rally in Bangkok on January 19, 2014 (AFP Photo)Thai anti-government protesters wave national flags during a rally in Bangkok on January 19, 2014 (AFP Photo)

Tensions are rising in the 12-million Thai capital ahead of the elections called to quell the latest political crisis, which started in November. The anti-government protesters are demanding that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government quit.

Yet unlike similar protests in 2010, the pro-government ‘red-shirt’ demonstrators so far have not appeared on the streets of Bangkok, which definitely helps to prevent otherwise inevitable factional clashes. But this could change.

After PM Shinawatra assigned early elections on February 2, demonstrators’ major aim is to disrupt the elections, since the results of a national poll might not be in favor of the opposition. The main opposition Democrat Party has already announced it is going to boycott the elections.

As the date of the elections gets closer, the violence is intensifying, which raises suspicions that the Thai army might step in to put the unrest to an end. The Thai Army has staged 16 successful coups (and two failed ones) since the Thai monarchy ceased to be an absolute monarchy in 1932.

The latest coup in 2006 deposed the then-PM Thaksin Shinawatra, elder brother of the current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. After the coup, Thaksin had to leave the country for “voluntary” exile and is still unable to return, even with his sister being a PM.

Yet as of today the army seems to be reluctant to interfere.

“The relationship between the government and the army is normal,” Thai top commander Thanasak Patimapakorn declared on Saturday after the country’s Army Day parade. He stressed that all sides must respect the law.

“I request that all sides should come together and talk to find a solution,” Thanasak said.

In an interview with the daily paper Bangkok Post, Thanasak said he had no interest in becoming prime minister or acting as mediator.

Since 2001 poor rural population of Thailand has supported Shinawatra clan, ensuring victory in every election. In contrast with rural Thailand, the urban population backed by country’s royalist elites and army, usually votes against “tribunes of the people,” which the opposition accuses of corruption and being a threat to democracy and power structures.

 

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