Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Deadly clashes kill 22 in Ukraine

See also

Deadly clashes erupted Tuesday near Ukraine’s Parliament Building and at least 22 people were reported killed after government forces battled with protesters armed with Molotov cocktails and bricks, the UN confirmed Wednesday.

Among the dead are journalists, police officers and protesters, Ukraine’s health ministry said in an online statement adding that of the 426 people reported injured, only 277 were hospitalized.

The clashes—the deadliest since mass civil unrest began in November—erupted as police tried to clear protesters camped out in Kyiv's Independence Square after a key debate earlier Tuesday involving a return to the 2004 constitution.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs laid blame Wednesday on opposition leaders for the latest violence but reiterated their commitment to a peaceful solution and not resorting to violence.

Human Rights Watch [HRW] researcher Yulia Gorbunova wrote in a dispatch Wednesday that President Viktor Yanukovych, in his first speech since the deaths, “blamed opposition leaders for the escalation and said that they will pay the price if they don’t separate themselves from radicals,” she wrote.

HRW in January reported on alleged beatings and kidnappings by Ukraine’s riot police. “Police in Kiev face serious challenges, but nothing can justify the vicious beatings we’ve documented,” Gorbunova said at the time.

Sporadic fires could be seen burning in Independence Square late Wednesday during a live stream made available by Reuters news agency.

Advertisement

News

  •  Day 17
    Israel continues their ravaging bombardment on Gaza as the conflict wages on
    Video
    Video
  • MH17 victims arrive home
    40 bodies of the MH17 plane crash return to a somber homecoming in Holland
    Top News
  • Military advisers to Ukraine
    President Obama announces the deployment of military advisers to Ukraine
    Politics
  • Bubonic plague in China
    A bubonic plague outbreak in Yumen prompts China to quarantine the city
    World News
  • Air Algierie disappearance
    A flight headed from Burkina Faso to Algeria disappears from radar over Mali
    Headlines
  • Windows Phone training portal
    Microsoft launches Windows Phone training portal in attempt to woo consumers
    Tech

Related Videos:

  • Artificial Intelligence and the impact on future employment
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518318121" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518318121&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SfZWFDs0LxA?rel=0?rel=0&amp;VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Amazon tribe gets influenza: Did scientists or drug dealers give them the virus?
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517905384" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517905384&autoStart=true"></div>