Three dead in Ukraine violence as protesters march on parliament

February 18, 2014 | By | Reply More

Feb 18, Kiev – A lawmaker for a Ukrainian opposition party and a coordinator for the protesters’ medical team say three protesters have died in clashes with police outside the parliament building in central Kiev.

hromedia Three dead in Ukraine violence as protesters march on parliament eu news2Oleh Musiy, a top medic for the protesters, told the Associated Press that three activists have died. Opposition lawmaker Lesya Orobets made the same statement on Twitter. Emergency officials in Kiev said that another person was found dead after clashes between protesters and police at the offices of the president’s party.

Activists stormed, set fire to and briefly occupied a building belonging to President Viktor Yanukovych’s political party amid scenes described as “open warfare”.

It is three months since protests first broke out over Yanukovych’s rejection of an EU trade deal in favour of closer ties with Russia. They have since broadened into a revolt against perceived sleaze and corruption in his leadership.

The opposition are pushing for a vote on constitutional change to reduce his powers but as moves in parliament were thwarted, frustration spilled out onto the streets.

The fresh violence is the result of Western policies encouraging a flare-up, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Press journalist for HRO media – Norberto lluch contributed to this report

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