Protesters heave molotov cocktails during anti-government uprising
January 22, 2014
Five protesters have died during an anti-government uprising in Kyiv, Ukraine which has waged on for over four days now.
As many as 200 officers have been injured over the past four days, reports RT, with roughly 300 protesters injured as well.
The commotion has seemingly intensified upon news of the deaths, with the European Union threatening to punish Ukraine leaders for violently confronting the protesters and the U.S. government “strongly condemning” police violence.
Until Wednesday, as per the Ukraine Prime Minister’s orders, police were not allowed to possess firearms during the confrontation, however, CNN reports that ban has been lifted.
Police instead relied on smoke and tear gas, rubber bullets, stun grenades, molotov cocktails and also water cannons.
An order banning police use of water cannons in sub-zero temperatures was also lifted, and as reported below, at least three tanks are awaiting departure from Chernihiv just north of Kyiv.
Medics who treated the wounded activists claim at least one protester was injured by a police sniper.
The protests supposedly stem from Ukraine President Vicktor Yanukovych’s decision to refuse a European Union trade deal in favor of stronger economic ties with Russia.
As reported Monday, the protests have largely been organized by USAID, the CIA’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Freedom House (which has also been alleged to be a CIA connected organization), and George Soros’ Open Society Institute.
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Police are also hurling molotov cocktails:
— Mikekomar (@mikekomar) January 22, 2014
Riot police officers gather as they clash with protestors in the center of Kiev, Ukraine pic.twitter.com/x0cQ8Onnsu
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) January 22, 2014
Riot police take cover behind shields during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev (photo by Maks Levin) pic.twitter.com/KWQ4r8nJgA
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