Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bloody scenes in Ukraine clashes. Chaos returns to Kiev as parliament meets to debate constitutional reforms.

Fighting has erupted in central Kiev after pro-European protesters marched on the Ukrainian parliament to show support for a demands for constructional reform being debated today. Clashes broke out at at least three separate locations in the city centre as marchers converged on parliament at about 11 AM this morning. Police used stun grenades, tear gas and baton round in a bid to hold protesters back, while protesters set fire to true barricades and attacked with stones and fireworks, local media reported. Footage from the city centre showed activists throwing riot officers out of a police van which was later set on fire. As fighting escalated the central office of President Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of the Regions was also set ablaze.