The Ukraine Uprising Had Its Bloodiest Day Yet Yesterday
Kiev was burning again on Tuesday. After a period of calm, yesterday’s violence was the deadliest since Ukraine’s “Euromaidan” protests began in November.
The number of deaths rose throughout the day, as more and more corpses were found in the streets of Kiev. By Wednesday morning, at least 25 people had lost their lives, including nine police officers. Reports about the number of injured vary but start at over 200. A Ukrainian doctor on the scene said that the real number could run “into the thousands,” and the tolls of those both killed and wounded are only likely to rise. A stream of photos on social media showed people, many of them apparently unconscious, with their faces covered in blood.
Yesterday’s crackdown was a brutal riposte to anyone who thought the situation in Ukraine would be settled any time soon—a position that didn’t seem too fanciful as recently as a few days ago. On Sunday, police and protesters started to pull back from their standoff on Kiev’s Hrushevskoho Street, the site of the worst clashes in January. The place was an absolute mess: a sea of soot, tires, and burned-out vehicles, studded with Ukrainian and foreign flags.
Riot police stood back from burning barricades around Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, early Wednesday. At least 20 people died as protestors set fires to thwart police from clearing the square. (Photo: Sergey Dolzhenko / EPA via The New York Times)
(Photo: Olga Yakimovich / Reuters)
Thousands of riot police and protesters were in a tense standoff in Ukraine’s capital on Wednesday after the bloodiest day of violence in the country’s tug of war between Russia and the West.
"The United States condemns in the strongest terms…"
“We have been watching very carefully and we expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence in dealing with peaceful protesters.”
"There will be consequences if people step over the line. And that includes making sure that the Ukrainian military does not step into what should be a set of issues that can be resolved by civilians.”
Dozens dead in Kiev as protests rage on
NBC News: Dozens are dead, hundreds are injured as protests continue in Ukraine’s capital Kiev. European leaders are calling for an extraordinary meeting to discuss the crisis that has gripped the country for months.
Hand-to-hand street battles led to the deaths of protesters and as many as 10 police.
Photo: Anti-government protesters protect themselves behind shields as they clash with the police on Independence Square in Kiev early on Wednesday (Sergei Supinsky / AFP - Getty Images)
In violent turn, Ukraine fighting kills at least 20
Flames engulfed the main anti-government protest camp on Kiev’s Independence Square as riot police tried to force demonstrators out following the bloodiest clashes in three months of protests. The iconic square turned into a war zone as riot police moved slowly through opposition barricades, hurling stun grenades and using water cannon to clear protestors. At least thirteen people were killed and scores injured today, as protestors took back control of Kiev’s city hall just two days after vacating the building. Also, see: Ukraine’s Revolution Is Being Broadcast Live.
Meanwhile in Kiev