US, EU Condemn Kiev Violence as 3 Protesters Die
The United States and European Union have condemned the violence in Kiev, which left 3 people dead in the early hours of Wednesday.
According to a medical worker at the scene, two protesters died after being shot and a third fell from a building column, Euronews revealed.
The EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said that the reported deaths of several protesters is a "source of extreme worry".
Meanwhile, the US embassy in Kiev has revoked the visas of several Ukrainians who are believed to be linked to the violence against protesters in November and December.
In a statement on Wednesday morning, the embassy announced it was also considering further action against those responsible for the current violence.
The Ukrainian Prime Minister has accused anti-government protesters of bringing "terrorists" on to the streets and warned that all "criminal actions" would be punished. He denied allegations that the police had used guns to repel demonstrators.
The new wave of violent protests in Kiev began on Sunday, after the Ukrainian government voted last week a set of controversial measures, including hefty fines and jail sentences for anti-government protesters.
The West has called the new laws "undemocratic" and dangerous for the freedom of Ukrainian citizens.
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Svoboda: The rise of Ukraine's ultra-nationalists
Meeting for its first two sessions in mid-December, the Rada - as it has a number of times in the past - degenerated into scenes that resembled not so much a legislative process as an ice hockey brawl, involving dozens of shoving, punching and kicking parliamentarians.
Svoboda's newly installed deputies, clad in traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirts, were in the thick of the melee, when not actually leading the charge.
Far-right group at heart of Ukraine protests meet US senator
There is a danger that the Ukrainian extreme right are serving the political purpose of the apparently moderate leaders, who in fact want a revolution, Mark Almond, professor of history at Oxford University, told RT.
“Vitaly Klitchko spoke in forked tongue: when he talks in English or German for the media he talks about the need for peaceful protests, the need for fresh elections; but he then says to his supporters that Yanukovich is like Ceaușescu and Gaddafi. If you say that the president of Ukraine is like Gaddafi, what you are saying is that he is a dictator that should be lynched as Gaddafi was at the end of 2011,” Almond said.
The guy who fell and died, was high up, throwing molotov cocktails...so he died by trying to kill people.
One of the shot people, is Russian from Eastern Ukraine, oh and the police do not carry fire arms. This is probably those neo-Nazis trying to inflame the situation (they even fought in Georgia against Russia, that's how committed n nuts they are!) by killing innocent civilians and ofc the west won't investigate but point fingers..
The EU condemns this violence? Was it not the EU that told Russia to stay out of Ukraine's affairs, but at the same time they sent there officials, even Katherine Ashton, on the streets of Kiev to encourage and ferment protests. The EU sets a fire, and then they are shocked when the fire burns out of control. Ukrainians are very pro-Russia, and only Russia has been offering them real aid and assistance. EU just gives words. Now they will try to capture the Ukraine nation, as they already have captured and destroyed Bulgaria. Hopefully Ukraine, will be able to hold off this EU attack, and not be taken over like Bulgaria. I don't ever remembering no one asking us the people, if we want to join the EU in Bulgaria. We also must remember that the EU and friends made the Orange revolutioon, to overthrow Yanokovi4 governemtn, for the Yushenko government. But what media forgot to mention was the people of Ukraine voted back Yanokovi4 to office. Typical EU, they install who they need, not who the country needs.