Deadly clashes erupted in the Ukrainian capital Kiev early Thursday morning, with at least 35 protesters confirmed dead by Mashable, many from gunshot wounds. The spasm of violence shattered a truce called late Wednesday night by opposition members and the president.
In the wake of bloody clashes in Kiev, the EU foreign ministers may decide today to impose financial sanctions and entry bans against Ukrainian members of government. Finally the EU has been forced to abandon its cautious stance, commentators write, and note that Europe is also responsible for the escalation in violence.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said he reached an agreement with opposition leaders on a “truce” to halt the fighting that has so far killed 28 people. The United States has stepped up pressure by imposing travel bans on 20 senior Ukrainian officials and EU ministers gather in Brussels today (20 February) to discuss possible sanctions on Ukrainian officials.
A statement on the presidential website announced an accord for “the start to negotiations with the aim of ending bloodshed, and stabilizing the situation in the state in the interest of social peace”
Ukrainian protesters throw out and burn papers from prosecutor’s headquarters in Lviv, western Ukraine, early Feb. 19, 2014. [AP Photo]
Few months ago European Union made preparations for signing ceremony to integrate Ukraine with the EU. However Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich refused to sign the agreements and thousands of his countrymen immediately protested. A couple of dozen people has died and a couple of hundred injured during these events. What actually is happening in Kiev is only small fragment for media use, the real geopolitical game is going on in Washington, Brussels and Moscow.
Ukraine has ended up in the political dead-end. And both the power and the opposition have many of those who would like to resolve the political crisis using the power scenario. As a result of the three-months political confrontation the national economy is also plunging deeper into the crisis. The government tries hard to provide the timely payment of pensions, social payments and salaries to workers of the budget sphere. In addition, the debts for the Russian gas have started to increase with incredible pace. Obviously, if the political destabilization continues, the government shouldn?t count on the very necessary external financing for the state budget deficit
Protesters in Kiev’s #Euromaidan camp report that yesterday’s horrific violence — which saw at least 25 protesters killed by police — has continued to escalate. The#IT_Namet tent — a fixture in Euromaidan, offering nonviolent IT support to protesters and journalists — was targeted by government security forces who burned it to the ground, beating Alexei Lymarenko, one of the tent’s volunteers to a state of near death. A journalist, Veremei Vyacheslav, was killed by police.
Twenty-five people are dead in Kiev, Ukraine after a new wave clashes between protesters and police gripped the city starting on Tuesday. As the bloodshed continues, theEuropean Union called an extraordinary meeting to discuss possible sanctions, including travel bans and asset freeze, against Ukrainian leaders
Riot police in Kiev on Tuesday night stormed Independence Square, where anti-government protesters had set up camp. According to official sources more than 20 people died in the ensuing clashes, with hundreds more injured. Commentators describe Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych as a brutal dictator and call on the EU to impose immediatesanctions against the regime
Update 13:45 – According to Antonio Delgado, Spanish Public Radio’s EU correspondent, “diplomatic sources” have indicated that the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria are all “not keen” on sanctions, although the Italian Foreign Ministry issued a statement claiming that “In case of the continuation of violence, we don?t rule out resorting to exceptional restrictive measures
After a new wave of uprisings in Kiev, Ukraine left 25 dead and more than 240 injured, the European Union is calling an “extraordinary” meeting to discuss its response to the violence
Violence Returns to Streets of Kiev, at Least 25 Dead
Top news: The stand-off in Ukraine’s capital of Kiev lurched toward intensified violence overnight as police waged a pitched battle against protesters, who have once more lit barricades on fire in an effort to keep police out of the square that has served as the protest movement‘s home base. But that has failed to prevent an uptick in casualties: At least 25 people have been killed in the latest round of clashes, nine of them police. An additional 241 have been injured.