Clashes have erupted in front of the parliament in the Ukrainian capital as protesters came to oppose amendments to the constitution proposed by President Petro Poroshenko [The amendments proposed by President Petro Poroshenko were supported by 265 of the parliament’s 450 lawmakers. – RT]. The changes would provide for decentralization of the country.
Tweets from journalists at the scene said supporters of the radical group Right Sector were brutally attacking police officers.
The demonstrators attacked police with long sticks and threw at least one smoke bomb grenade, Russia’s RIA Novosti and TASS news agencies reported.
The Ukrainian UNIAN news agency also reported that smoke bombs were being thrown along with stones. Police are now trying to stop the demonstrators from storming the parliament building. […]
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More than a dozen police and National Guard wounded, some seriously […]
KIEV, August 31. /TASS/. Several police officers are in a very serious condition after a grenade blast on the Constitution Square outside the parliament building in Kiev, an advisor to Ukraine’s interior minister, Anton Gerashchenko, has said.
“A ball grenade has been just thrown at the servicemen protecting the Verkhovna Rada. Several servicemen of the National Guard sustained serious injuries. Their life is in danger,” Gerashchenko wrote on his Facebook page.
A powerful explosion occurred outside the Verkhovna Rada building earlier on Monday [see video below]. Some 30 law enforcers have been injured, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene. […]
Kiev’s mayor Klitschko says that one policeman has died due to clashes outside Ukraine’s Rada. (Via Stefan Huijboom on Twitter)