` Klitschko `Ukraine’s UDAR Party ‘ Appeals to ` Timoshenko ‘ to Support a United Candidate in Presidential Election ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – March 29 – Vitali Klitschko, an international boxing star presiding over Ukraine’s rightwing UDAR party, has appealed to former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko to support a united candidate for presidency in the May 25 presidential election.

A statement made at an UDAR congress earlier Saturday suggested that the role of the united candidate might be tried on by oligarch Pytro Poroshenko, a confectionery industry tycoon – Tass

Timoshenko, a former controversial prime minister and an ex-convict, made public her own presidential ambitions last week.

In the meantime, Klitschko and Poroshenko signed a ‘declaration on unification’ at the congress that envisions, among other things, the pooling of efforts during the election campaign

Klischko also unveiled his own plans saying he was going to run for the post of Kiev’s mayor.

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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 Opposition: “Parliament Requires that `Protesters Vacate Occupied’ Government Building’s”

#AceNewsServices says `Ukraine Opposition Defy Government-Backed `Amnesty Bill’ for protesters

kiev.nThe Ukrainian opposition rejected an amnesty bill adopted by the parliament, which requires that protesters vacate occupied government buildings. Opposition leaders demand an unconditional amnesty and pledge to continue their protest.

Once signed into law, the bill will offer blanket amnesty to all participants of anti-government rallies, with the exception of those suspected of major crimes, like murder or kidnapping.

The amnesty is to come into force automatically after the general prosecutor confirms in an official statement that the protesters have ceded all government and administrative buildings in the country, as well as some streets. The latter do not include the sites of peaceful protests, like Kiev’s Independence Square and European Square. The bill sets a 15-day deadline for the opposition to meet the conditions.

The amnesty bill was submitted by the ruling Party of Regions and supported by 232 of the 450 total members of Ukraine’s unicameral parliament. It was one of four competing amnesty bills on the floor during the emergency parliament session on Wednesday. The party said the amnesty is the third major concession in the past few days made in response to the opposition demands.

“[This legislation] provides for steps for both the authorities and the opposition. They relinquish the seized buildings; we relinquish participants of the clashes from responsibility. It’s called compromise. But if they don’t hold their part of the obligations, the law ‘dies’ and no amnesty takes place. So of hundreds of people are punished for violating the law, the blame would be fully on [opposition leaders] Klitschko, Yatsenyuk and Tyagnibok,” explained Mikhail Chechetov, a Party of Regions MP.

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But the opposition does not appear to see the deal as fair. Opposition lawmakers refused to support the draft, saying that detained protesters must be released without any preconditions. After it was passed, they said they would challenge it on procedural grounds.

“The law was adopted in clear violation of [parliamentary] rules, it wasn’t discussed in the committee. It was absolutely illegitimate and illegal. This law shouldn’t be recognized,” said the leader of the nationalist Freedom (Svoboda) opposition party, Oleg Tyagnibok.

“They are trying to make us responsible for the situation in the country,” the politician said.

Arseny Yatsenyuk, leader of the opposition Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party alleged that the government wants to ‘shut down the Maidan’ with the amnesty law.

Opposition UDAR party leader Vitaly Klitschko believes that the new law will only increase tension within Ukrainian society and will not help to ease the political crisis.

“Instead of lowering the tensions in the community, the temperature will rise,”Klitschko said.

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On Tuesday, Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov and his cabinet resigned, and parliament voted 361-2 to repeal recently passed anti-protest laws. Nine out of 12 anti-protest laws were repealed.

Days before that, President Viktor Yanukovich’s offered Yatsenyuk the role of chairman of the new Ukrainian government, with Klitschko getting a ministerial position in it. Both opposition leaders rejected the offer.

On January 16 Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, passed controversial anti-protest laws that imposed strict punishments for violators. The new legislation sparked mass protests, which quickly transformed into violent riots on Grushevskogo Street. The damage from protests in Kiev is estimated to be at least $2.5 million, the city administration said Wednesday.

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#Ukraine: “Government `Strives to End the Crisis’ `Timeline of Events’ that has `Spread Beyond’ Kiev”

#AceNewsServices says `Ukraine’ the Ukrainian capital has been gripped by weeks of anti-government protests which have seen violent clashes between rioters and police. Unrest is also spreading beyond Kiev as the opposition and government struggle to end the crisis.

Kiev Unrest Timeline

Kiev, January 27, 2014.(AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky )

Tuesday, January 28

11:07 GMT:

Nine out of 12 anti-protest laws passed January 16 were cancelled during a special session of the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovnaya Rada.

The repeal of the laws was one of the opposition’s main demands.

It was one of the main demands of the opposition.

10:50 GMT:

Three former Ukrainian presidents are participating in a session of the country’s parliament aimed at ending the unrest in the country.

Ukraine's former Presidents Viktor Yushchenko (L), Leonid Kravchuk (R) and Leonid Kuchma attend a session in the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev, January 28, 2014.(Reuters / Gleb Garanich)Ukraine’s former Presidents Viktor Yushchenko (L), Leonid Kravchuk (R) and Leonid Kuchma attend a session in the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev, January 28, 2014.(Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

10:36 GMT:

Ukraine’s Justice Minister Elena Lukash has said a state of emergency is not on the agenda.

10:27 GMT:

Participants of the mass protests in Ukraine could be exempt from prosecution, if a bill, which has been registered in the country’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, is passed.

The draft bill has been authored to prevent negative consequences for and prosecution of participants of mass protests, which have taken place between December 2013 and January 2014,” the bill’s author, Leonid Emets, an MP from the opposition Fartherland (Batkivshchina) party, told Itar-Tass. “If the bill’s passed, that would alleviate tension in the community,” he added.

10:21 GMT:

Ukraine’s parliament is set to debate the laws on amnesty and the cancellation of the January 16 law. It is considered that the new law may enter in force after all buildings seized by the opposition are freed.

10:00 GMT:

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is planning to carry out negotiations with Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich and the opposition leaders, according to Ashton’s press secretary, as quoted by Itar-Tass.

09:46 GMT:

Members of the opposition and of the ruling party have spoken out over the submission of the resignation of Ukraine’s premier, Nikolay Azarov.

In particular, the leader of the ‘Udar’ (Strike) party, Vitaly Klitschko, believes that the move was an attempt to “save face.”

An MP from the ruling Party of Regions, Anna German, thinks “it is a responsible move from an experienced politician who could put his own ambitions lower than the interests of the state, the interests of the mutual understanding between the authorities and the community.”

09:24 GMT:

A few thousand supporters of the ruling Party of Regions have rallied near the Ukrainian Parliament, demanding a stop to attempts at a coup d’etat.

09:03 GMT:

The Ukrainian PM’s application for resignation does not necessarily mean he will quit his post, Vladimir Oleynik, an MP from the ruling Party of Regions, told Interfax-Ukraine. “It is essential that the president accepts such a resignation,” Oleynik stressed.

08:51 GMT:

The leader of opposition party ‘Batkivshchina’ (Homeland), Arseny Yatsenyuk, has said that he does not intend to take over the post of Ukrainian premier, as quoted by Itar-Tass.

08:49 GMT:

PM Nikolay Azarov has said in his statement that the conflict situation in the state threatens the economic and social development of Ukraine, as well as all of Ukrainian society and every citizen.

“With the aim of creating additional options for social and political compromise, for the peaceful solution to the conflict, I’ve made my personal decision to ask the president of Ukraine to accept my resignation from the post of Ukrainian prime minister,” Azarov said.

 

Mykola Azarov.(Reuters / Denis Balibouse)

Mykola Azarov.(Reuters / Denis Balibouse)

He also stressed that “during the stand-off the government has done everything for peaceful solution of the conflict.”

“We’ve been doing everything not to let bloodshed happen, not to have violence escalated, not to have human rights infringed upon. The government has made sure the economy and the social security functioned in extreme conditions,” the premier said, as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine.

08:41 GMT:

В Верховную раду Украины приехали послы практически всех европейских государств #евромайданpic.twitter.com/0KpwlYf1G6

— Павел Шеремет (@pavelsheremet) January 28, 2014

The opposition leaders expect significant results from Tuesday’s session. 

“I believe that Ukrainians now see a light at the end of the tunnel. The line has been crossed: the Ukrainian people managed to organize in such a way that would take others decades. And I see progress in this exact way: the shaping of patriotism and self-organization,” Oleg Tyagnibok told Itar-Tass.

 08:22 GMT:

Nikolay Azarov has applied for resignation from the post of Ukraine’s Prime Minister, according to the Cabinet of Ministers’ website. 

Monday, January 27

23:17 GMT:

Three policemen have been stabbed by “radical protesters” in the southern Ukrainian city of Herson, authorities report. Two of the wounded are in serious condition. The assailants, all university students, have been detained.

21:41 GMT:

The Ukraine government and opposition agreed to cancel anti-riot laws adopted by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s Parliament) on January 16 which created toughening responsibility for violations during mass unrest, Minister of Justice Elena Lukash said.

“The political decision was made to cancel those laws adopted on January 16, which caused numerous debates,” the announcement read.

Lukash also noted that those laws which didn’t cause mass outcry will be further discussed during an emergency meeting of the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday, saying that the legislature will be in line with the “European level.”

21:23 GMT:

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich (2nd L) meets with opposition leaders (R, front-back) Oleh Tyahnybok, Vitaly Klitschko and Arseny Yatsenyuk in Kiev January 27, 2014.(Reuters / Andrei Mosienko)

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich (2nd L) meets with opposition leaders (R, front-back) Oleh Tyahnybok, Vitaly Klitschko and Arseny Yatsenyuk in Kiev January 27, 2014.(Reuters / Andrei Mosienko)

Batkivshina party leader Arseny Yatsenyuk has rejected President Yanukovich’s proposal to head the government, Ukrainian Justice Minister Elena Lukash said.

“Arseny Yatsenyuk didn’t give a consent to head the government. Negotiations will be continued,” the presidential press service reported.

Yanukovich earlier offered the Batkivshina party leader the opportunity to head the government, promising to dismiss PM Nikolai Azarov and his cabinet from office.

20:22 GMT:

The EU is concerned about the possibility of imposing a state of emergency in Ukraine to quell the brutal protesters.

“I am alarmed by reports that the government is planning to declare a state of emergency,” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

She stated that such a move by Ukrainian authorities would create “a further downward spiral” that would “benefit no one.”

Ashton urged opposition leaders to “dissociate themselves from those who resort to violence,” adding that she would travel to Kiev for talks on Tuesday evening.

“The only solution to the crisis is a political one. What is urgently needed is a genuine dialogue to build a new consensus on the way forward,” Ashton said, urging authorities to revoke the anti-riot laws.

19:52 GMT:

The self-proclaimed People’s Rada (council) of Kiev has been formed from the opposition’s self-government committee, the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party reported on its website.

The improvised council, formed from members of opposition parties and “civil society representatives,” is determined to function until “legitimate” senior Kiev administration officials are elected.

Kiev, January 27, 2014.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

Kiev, January 27, 2014.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

The announcement comes as Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich meets with leaders of the three opposition parties – UDAR, Batkivshchyna, and Svoboda – as part of a task group on settling the political crisis in the country.

The meeting is taking place at the presidential administration building in Kiev, the presidential press service told ITAR-TASS.

19:24 GMT:

As riots and storming of government buildings continue in western Ukraine, residents in the east of the country fear the violence could spread to their relatively calm regions too, RT’s Paula Slier reports from Donetsk.

Slier interviewed Aleksandra Green, a Jewish mother of two, who is taking the openly racist slogans of one of the opposition leaders, Oleg Tyagnibok, very seriously.

“In the children’s school now, there is a security guard. Children now take pepper sprays to school to be safe…I’m afraid for my family,”
 Green told RT.

“These people, protesters, have already tasted the blood and maybe they will become more violent,” she said.

Watch the full report by RT’s Slier:

19:12 GMT:

Diplomats from 14 world countries with embassies in Kiev have inspected the equipment of Berkut special forces, according to a statement published on the website of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

According to the statement, the diplomats observed tear gas canisters, stun grenades, “Fort-500” non-lethal guns, and ammunition belonging to the special forces.

“The police officers have no firearms,” the statement stressed.

Earlier on Monday, Vitaly Lukyanenko, the spokesman for Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov, refuted media reports which stated that the government is looking to expand Berkut and the Griffon special forces unit by six times, to a 30,000-strong corps.

“There is no such decision and I very highly doubt it could ever be taken,”Lukyanenko said, as quoted by ITAR-TASS.

18:35 GMT:

The UN is ready to send its special envoy to Ukraine to help continue a dialogue between the government and the opposition, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, told Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich in a phone conversation Monday, according to Yanukovich’s press service.

The UN Chief has “called on all sides to show maximum restraint and to seek ways of resolving the crisis through dialogue,” the press service said in a statement.

18:24 GMT:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he regrets that“outrageous violent actions of fascist-type fellows” rioting in Ukraine have received “no evaluation in principle” by EU bodies, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Lavrov discussed the situation in Ukraine with Swiss President and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Didier Burkhalter, in a phone conversation on Monday.

When asked by Burkhalter on Russia’s view of the situation in Ukraine, the minister stressed that Russia is urging a political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis with no foreign intervention.

17:59 GMT:

Ukraine’s Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko has discussed the political situation in the country on the phone with the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, according to the Interior Ministry press-service.

Pyatt stressed that the current government negotiations with the opposition are significant, adding that both sides should stay calm.

In turn, the minister gave assurances that the police will refrain from using force. However, he added that the protesters aren’t meeting this with any concomitant understanding. The situation is complex because there are no negotiators from the opposition he said adding that there are also extremists among the opposition.

17:38 GMT:

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is concerned with the escalation of tension and the ongoing violence in Ukraine, ICRC’s Moscow department head, Pascal Cuttat told Itar-Tass.

An ICRC delegation has met with both Ukrainian Foreign Ministry officials and opposition activists, urging the sides to respect the work of the Red Cross volunteers. According to Cuttat, the volunteers have helped about 300 people injured in Ukraine over the last week alone.

Medical volunteers carry a wounded journalist at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

Medical volunteers carry a wounded journalist at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

16:48 GMT:

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has confirmed to Interfax that opposition activists are no longer occupying the building of the Ministry of Justice.

Investigators have worked in the building after the protesters, including those of the Spilna Sprava (“common cause”) movement, have left it, the Interior Ministry’s press service said.

The ministry addressed all the protesters occupying other government institutions “to follow the movement’s example and to voluntarily free the occupied buildings.”

The Ministry of Justice was freed following threats by Ukrainian Justice Minister, Elena Lukash, who said she will demand a state of emergency to be imposed. Opposition party leaders negotiated the move with Spilna Sprava, while the National Resistance HQ said they have nothing to do with the ministry’s seizure.

Despite leaving the ministry, Spilna Sprava leader, Aleksandr Danilyuk, has continued to call for blocking of other administrative buildings across Ukraine on his Facebook page.

Watch RT’s Peter Oliver reporting from Kiev:

16:29 GMT:

The Ukrainian government has drafted a bill facilitating restriction of internet sites, the press service of Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers told Itar-Tass.

The draft bill allows any individual or organization to file a request for blocking a webpage to a special body, the National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications).

The commission’s experts then decide on whether to block the website in 7 days’ time. A site may be unblocked by the authorities recalling their decision or by site owners appealing it in court.

The bill follows the controversial January 16 legislation, which, according to the opposition, has prepared the grounds for internet censorship in Ukraine.

15:59 GMT:

Opposition supporters blocking entrance to justice ministry. They tell me the are guarding it from “provocateurs” pic.twitter.com/c615etSc4O

— Peter Oliver (@PeterGOliver_RT) January 27, 2014

15:47 GMT:

The Ukrainian opposition is ready to continue talks with the government to settle the political crisis in the country, a statement from the opposition’s National Resistance Headquarters said on Monday.

“Despite the authorities’ policy towards wrecking the talks and imposing a state of emergency, the opposition is ready to continue talking in order to prevent further escalation and bloodshed,” the statement said.

It accused the authorities of attempting to undermine the talks by blaming the opposition for occupying the Ukrainian Justice Ministry building. There are no protesters currently occupying the building, the statement stressed.

The opposition also leveled accusations of using “armed gangs,” commonly referred to as “titushki” against peaceful protesters, claiming that “hundreds”have been injured by the thugs. It also claimed there are unceasing“kidnappings, mass arrests, raids, taking [protesters] hostage and persecution of journalists.”

14:40 GMT:

The opposition’s Spilna Sprava (“common cause”) group is no longer occupying the Ukrainian Justice Ministry building, the group’s leader, Aleksandr Danilyuk, says in his Facebook posts.

According to Danilyuk, some activists from Independence Square (Maidan) are now actually guarding the ministry’s entrance from attempts to re-take it. The situation has apparently resulted in a row between the right-wing group and the opposition leaders rallying on Maidan, with Danilyuk calling the opposition’s “National Resistance HQ” a “bunch of provocateurs.”

Hearing opposition occupying justice ministry may be leaving. Going to have a look to confirm.

— Peter Oliver (@PeterGOliver_RT) January 27, 2014

14:16 GMT:

The Ukrainian opposition claims to have seized another administrative building – the regional council – in the northern city of Chernigov, announcing they plan to base the headquarters of the new “People’s Rada” (“parliament”) there. Such alternative local councils have already been proposed in several other Ukrainian cities, with Sumy city protesters proclaiming one on Sunday.

There were no reports of clashes or resistance. Opposition MPs have asked their supporters not to build any barricades and to “behave nicely,” according to Ukrainska Pravda daily.

Чернігівці захопили зал засідань облради. #Євромайдан #Чернігів#революція pic.twitter.com/CI6PZUjzRg

— Oleksii Frantsuz (@ofrantsuz) January 27, 2014

#Чернігів‘ська Обласна рада — пiд контролем народу, всi 6 поверхiв. Люди вимагають позачергову сесію, гріються чаєм.pic.twitter.com/XptcAej7RY

— Andy Alex (@andyalexs) January 27, 2014

The move comes after a crowd of rioters stormed the city administration building on Saturday, which they have since been occupying.

An extraordinary session of the council has been called and agreed upon with local Party of Regions’ MPs, but it was not immediately clear when it will take place.

13:22 GMT:

Ukraine’s ex-President Leonid Kravchuk has called on the Ukrainian Government and the opposition to gather for round table talks, Itar-Tass reports, citing Kravchuk’s aide.

Civil society and representatives of the clergy have also been invited to the talks, aimed at finding a solution to the political crisis in Ukraine, the aide said. It was not immediately clear, who will represent the government at the talks.

13:03 GMT:

The Ukrainian opposition claims they have nothing to do with the protesters who seized the building of the country’s Ministry of Justice, Interfax Ukraine reported, quoting an opposition MP, Stepan Kubiv, who added that the opposition is in general against the taking of buildings, especially those which are important and significant to the state.

US dept warned citizens in #Ukraine to stay away from crowds & protests, western ambassadors visited the center of protests earlier today

— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) January 27, 2014

13:00 GMT:

The Ukrainian Minister of Energy, Eduard Stavitsky, has declared that the situation at the country’s nuclear power stations is under control. It follows numerous anonymous bomb threat calls to hydroelectric and nuclear power stations.

Protesters also tried to seize the country’s Ministry of Energy on Saturday, which triggered the initiation of a special security mode at Ukraine’s power stations.

It comes against the backdrop of the IAEA coming to Ukraine for an unscheduled check. Ukraine’s leadership has stated they work with both the nuclear watchdog and Russia in the field of nuclear energy, which is linked to the events that are going on in the country.

12:21 GMT:

A rally supporting the Ukrainian president is taking place in the city of Dnepropetrovsk, Itar-Tass reported, quoting the city administration. The rally is set to last for an unlimited period of time, and the city administration will provide the demonstrators with heating and warm tea (the temperature there is currently -11 degrees Celsius).

12:01 GMT:

The Ukrainian authorities should re-establish credibility, and sides should refrain from using force, Poland’s Foreign Ministry declared. It follows a phone conversation between the Ukrainian and Polish Foreign Ministers.“Minister Kozhara has expressed his concern over the fact that the attitudes of opposition activists are becoming more radical, which is illustrated by the occupation of new government buildings in the regions, as well as the Ministry Justice in Kiev,” Poland’s Foreign Ministry stated, as quoted by Itar-Tass.

Justice ministry still occupied in #Kiev despite opposition leaders asking them to leave. Some opposition arguing with each other outside.

— Peter Oliver (@PeterGOliver_RT) January 27, 2014

11:59 GMT:

People are being evacuated from the train station in the city of Lvov after a report that an explosive device was inside the building, Itar-Tass reported.

11:54 GMT:

A Kiev court has ordered the “UDAR” party leader, Vitaly Klitschko, to disclose whether he has a US or German residence permit.

Vitaly Klitschko speaking in central Kiev, January 25, 2014.(AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)

Vitaly Klitschko speaking in central Kiev, January 25, 2014.(AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)

11:38 GMT:

An unknown man has hanged himself from the metal carcass of the New Year tree on Kiev’s Square of Independence, the UNIAN news agency reported, quoting the country’s Interior Ministry. An investigation into the incident has been launched.

10:58 GMT:

There are currently around 2,000 people gathered on Kiev’s Square of Independence. The temperature is -14 degrees Celsius, so people are warming themselves up next to braziers.

10:25 GMT:

Kiev’s prosecutor’s office has closed 35 criminal cases connected with the protests in November and December 2013, the body’s press office head told Itar-Tass.

Kiev, January 26, 2014.(AFP Photo / Vasily Maximov)

Kiev, January 26, 2014.(AFP Photo / Vasily Maximov)

10:20 GMT:

Members of the Ukrainian rebel army have claimed responsibility for the killing of a policeman in Kiev on Friday.

08:25 GMT:

Moscow has expressed concern over the rise in nationalist attitudes in Ukraine, “including anti-Semitic calls of some Maidan activists which the European bodies choose to hush up for reasons undefined,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

07:15 GMT:

In the western Ukrainian town of Kolomyeh, anti-government protesters attacked the office of the Party of Regions and burnt the party’s symbols. About a thousand people gathered on the town’s main square

06:56 GMT:

Fifteen activists have been detained over the assault on the regional administration in the city of Dnepropetrovsk, located in central Ukraine, some 450km from the capital, Kiev.

06:07 GMT:

Ukrainian police have launched a criminal case over the seizure of Ministry of Justice. It comes after earlier reports that Minister of Justice Elena Lukash threatened to demand the Council for National Security and Defense declare a state of emergency unless the building is freed.

05:58 GMT:

Ukraine’s Security Service says in a statement on its website that the cases of bomb threats in hydroelectric and nuclear power stations have become more frequent recently.

05:44 GMT:

One Polish journalist was injured and another detained during the crackdown on anti-government protests in the town of Cherkassy, situated about 200km from Kiev. Both the journalists are citizens of Belarus. The Union of Polish Journalists expressed concern over the possibility that the two could be deported to their home country after the incident.

80 #journalists have been injured since the eruption of the #protests in December of 2013. #Ukraine #truth

— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) January 27, 2014

03:51 GMT:

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.

Occupied building of the Ukrainian Justice Ministry in Kiev on early January 27, 2014. (AFP Photo/Sergei Gapon)

Occupied building of the Ukrainian Justice Ministry in Kiev on early January 27, 2014. (AFP Photo/Sergei Gapon) 

Sunday, January 26

22:44 GMT:

Local media reported that no one was hurt during the seizure of the building of the Justice Ministry in central Kiev. Following the incident, political organization Obchee Delo claimed responsibility, posting a message on their Facebook profile.

22:30 GMT:

The building of Justice Ministry occupied by protesters:

Под МинЮстом сейчас. via @sheleviy #Євромайдан #Евромайдан#Euromaidan pic.twitter.com/XlFy2WC1Ud

— ЄВРОМАЙДАН (@euromaidan) January 26, 2014

21:59 GMT:

Rioters in Ukraine have seized one of the Justice Ministry’s buildings in central Kiev near Independence Square, police reported. “At 22:38 security in the building called in an attempted seizure of the building. Information was confirmed, the building remains seized,” Unian news agency quoted the police as saying.

20:53 GMT:

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

“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.

20:28 GMT:

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

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 a memorial service for a deceased Maidan activist, due to which a Sunday rally was cancelled in central Kiev and violent riots ceased. It is not clear whether the diplomats planned their arrival time accordingly.

17:39 GMT:

Russia’s embassy in Ukraine has refuted rumors claiming that Russian special forces have been dispatched to Kiev to deal with the protesters.

“In connection with allegations circulated by some Ukrainian mass media about the arrival of Russian special forces to Kiev, the press service of the Russian embassy stresses that such reports have nothing to do with the reality and are provocative by nature,” the embassy said in a statement.

The Russian diplomatic mission has also called on mass media to be careful not to fall into the trap of reporting false information intentionally provided by some individuals.

16:49 GMT:

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.

 

 

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#Ukraine : ” Ukraine Prime Minister Azarov Submits Resignation”

#AceNewsServices says `Ukraine Prime Minister Azarov’ submits resignation.

Nikolay Azarov

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich (L) speaks with Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.(Reuters / Andrew Kravchenko)

Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov has submitted his resignation, according to his government’s website. The resignation has not yet been accepted by President Viktor Yanukovich, however.

The prime minister explained that his move was motivated by efforts to peacefully resolve the current crisis in the country.

“For the purpose of creating additional possibilities of social and political compromise, for the peaceful solution of the conflict, I’ve made a personal decision to ask the Ukrainian president to accept my resignation from the post of prime minister,” Azarov’s statement reads.

Azarov described the current crisis in Ukraine as a threat to the economic and social development of the country, as well as a threat to each and every Ukrainian citizen.

“During the standoff, the government has done everything for a peaceful solution of the conflict,” Azarov said. We’ve been doing everything not to let bloodshed occur, to prevent the violence escalating, not to have human rights infringed upon. The government has made sure the economy and social security have functioned in extreme conditions.”

Azarov, one of the longest-serving politicians in Ukraine, said he can “honestly look into the eyes of each of his compatriots” and that he has always acted in the best interests of the country.

“Throughout all of these years I have done everything for Ukraine to be able to normally develop as a democratic European country. I have made decisions and taken upon myself responsibility in the interest of Ukraine.”

Azarov said he was grateful to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and the country’s MPs for their cooperation. He also thanked all of the Ukrainian citizens who have supported him and approved of the decisions made by his Cabinet.

“The most important today is to preserve the unity and integrity of Ukraine. That’s much more important than anybody’s personal plans and ambitions,” the PM said.

Azarov has been prime minister since March 2010. He retained the post in December 2012, when the new parliament was elected.

He’s been among Ukrainian political elite since the early 2000s, having served as first deputy prime minister and finance minister.

Kiev December 4, 2013.(Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)Kiev December 4, 2013.(Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

Azarov’s Cabinet survived a vote of no confidence in December 2013. The no-confidence motion was submitted by three opposition parties – Homeland (Batkivshchina), Strike (Udar), and Liberty (Svoboda). The text of the document accused the Cabinet of the “betrayal of the Ukrainian people” through the government’s suspension of talks on EU integration, the opposition said.

Face-saving gesture’ or ‘responsible step’?

The leader of the opposition Strike (Udar) party, Vitaly Klitchko, said that the PM’s resignation was a “face-saving” gesture.

“Today the issue of the government’s resignation and its responsibility is on the agenda,” Klitchko said, Interfax-Ukraine reported. “I’m sure [Azarov’s] resignation has something behind it. He knows he’s done everything to save face.”

Klitchko also described Azarov’s move as “a step toward victory” for the opposition.

Anna German, an MP for the ruling Party of Regions, described Azarov’s decision as a “responsible step.”

“I believe this is a responsible step of a mature politician, who has been able to restrain his own ambition and to put the interests of the state, of the mutual understanding between the authorities and society, before his own high post,” RIA Novosti reported her as saying.

 

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

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

Kiev Rocks and Fireworks 210:48 GMT:

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

10:24 GMT:

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

10:07 GMT:

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

08:17 GMT:

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

08:00 GMT:

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

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

07:14 GMT:

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

07:05 GMT:

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

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

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

05:38 GMT:

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

04:08 GMT:

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

02:16 GMT:

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

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

01:38 GMT:

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

00:08 GMT:

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

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

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

 

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#Kiev: ” 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 : “Ukrainian Opposition says `Government In No Mood to Talk as `Terms Still Not Acceptable’ Continues”

#AceNewsServices says `Ukrainian Opposition’ rejects govt proposal, talks to continue

Published time: January 23, 2014 22:05
Edited time: January 24, 2014 08:51
 
January 24, 2014.(Reuters / Gleb Garanich)January 24, 2014.(Reuters / Gleb Garanich)
After consulting protesters on Independence Square, leaders of the opposition rejected the government’s terms that evolved from the Thursday negotiations. They promised to continue talks and keep violence in check.

Leader of the nationalist  Svoboda opposition party, Oleg Tyagnibok, explained the terms proposed by the government during more than four-hour negotiations and asked the protesters whether they were ready to accept.

During the negotiations, Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich proposed to stop the use of force, release all those detained during mass riots on Grushevskogo Street, and work out reduced penalties for those who were already arrested in exchange for the rioters leaving the area in central Kiev.

After a public vote at the square, the majority of the protesters refused to accept the government’s conditions, according to the Svoboda party website. Opposition leaders agreed with decision of the demonstrators, urging them to maintain discipline and order.

“Solely a peaceful protest. Keeping our defense and not a step back. I am asking everyone – keep the discipline, order and responsibility,” Batkivshchyna opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk told the crowd. Yatsenyuk also proposed to expand the Independence Square protest area by a few blocks, to Olginskaya Street.

The opposition is set to continue talks with the government tomorrow. A ceasefire is in place until Friday morning.

After consultations with the opposition leaders, protesters began building new barricades by the “Khreschatyk” metro exit on Independence Square. Yatsenyuk and Tyagnibok are taking part in the process.

Earlier, Udar Party leader Vitaly Klitschko told demonstrators in central Kiev that Yanukovich and head of the Interior Affairs Ministry Vitaly Zaharchenko are ending all use of force and preparing to announce the release of all those detained on Grushevskogo Street.

People are chanting REVOLUTION as opposition leaders speak

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 23, 2014

The statement was followed by Zaharchenko saying that police will not take any action against the rioters on Grushevskogo Street if they leave the area.

He also added that there will be no forceful action against protesters on Independence Square. “We have always advocated a peaceful settlement of the situation. Ukrainian people can solve complex conflicts and have shown that before. I hope reason will preside over the emotions on both sides and the standoff will finally be over,” Zaharchenko said.

When speaking to protesters Klitschko said: “The whole process is prolonging, this is only the first round of negotiations. We won’t stop until president steps down.”

January 24, 2014.(Reuters / Gleb Garanich)January 24, 2014.(Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

Rioters chanted “Liars!” at opposition leaders as they were being told the results of the talks at Independence Square in Kiev and booed the message.

Protesters began lining up behind barricades and burning tires as soon as the talks were over.

Yatsenyuk said the likelihood of the bloodshed ending is very high, local media reported.

January 24, 2014.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)January 24, 2014.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

Following the negotiations, justice minister Elena Lukash stated that the opposition has refused for the second time to criticize the rioters’ violent behavior in central Kiev.

She added that opposition leaders have also remained quiet on violent attacks against local administration buildings in several other western cities that took place on Thursday, Unian news agency reported.

“It is not important what you lived for, it is important what you die for,” famous Russian blogger Ilya Varlamov, who is currently in Kiev, quoted rioters as saying.

On Thursday, Kiev authorities said that 71 people were detained following mass riots on the Grushevskogo Street.

Clashes spill beyond Kiev

Anti-government unrest in Ukraine spilled beyond the capital of Kiev on Thursday as the government held talks with opposition leaders.

Rioters began violently attacking local administration buildings in other regions of the country, mostly in the west, attempting to force local governments out of office.

Around 2,000 protesters took over the local administration building in the western city of Lvov, telling the region’s governor that they are taking power into their own hands.

Video of protesters storming Lvov governor’s office:

Governor Oleg Salo was forced to sign a resignation letter which stated: “I ask to be freed of my duties.”He later retracted his statement, saying it is invalid since signed under pressure.

He’s a letter of resignation from Lviv governor that he was forced 2 sign in office occupied by#Euromaidan@ZaxidNetpic.twitter.com/mEg3pzkMry

— Maxim Eristavi (@MaximEristavi) January 23, 2014

Rioters also stormed governors’ offices in other western cities, including Zhytomer and Rovno. Another administration office was violently taken over by rioters in the western town of Ternopol.

Ukraine’s Internal Affairs Ministry has opened a criminal investigation into the attack in Ternopol.

Video of protesters stormingZhytomer’sadministration building:

Police were only able to fight off rioters in the town of Cherkassy, located southeast of Kiev. A group of several hundred anti-government demonstrators tried to break a police cordon outside the administration building, managing to break the glass on the front door.

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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
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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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07:21 GMT:

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

07:14 GMT:

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

07:11 GMT:

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

06:44 GMT:

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

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

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

06:39 GMT:

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

06:32 GMT:

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

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

06:15 GMT:

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

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

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

05:36 GMT:

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

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

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

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

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

02:02 GMT:

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

00:06 GMT:

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

Tuesday, January 21

23:09 GMT:

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

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

22:33 GMT:

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

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 21, 2014

22:15 GMT:

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

Tuesday, January 21

21:46 GMT:

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

21:13 GMT:

Protesters making molotov cocktails at the barricades in Kiev:

20:20 GMT:

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

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

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

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

19:57 GMT:

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

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

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

17:54 GMT:

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

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

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

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

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

17:27 GMT:

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

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

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

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

17:09 GMT:

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

16:21 GMT:

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

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

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

15:33 GMT:

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

15:17 GMT:

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

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

Tuesday, January 21

21:46 GMT:

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

21:13 GMT:

Protesters making molotov cocktails at the barricades in Kiev:

20:20 GMT:

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

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

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

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

19:57 GMT:

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

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

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

17:54 GMT:

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

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

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

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

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

17:27 GMT:

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

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

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

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

17:09 GMT:

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

16:21 GMT:

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

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

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

15:33 GMT:

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

15:17 GMT:

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

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

Tuesday, January 21

15:10 GMT:

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

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

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

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

14:54 GMT:

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

14:41 GMT:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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