Ukraine Police Storms The Maidan

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Bulgaria: Ukraine Police Storms The Maidan Madian square in Kiev. Photo: Espreso TV live coverage

Under the cover of water cannons, tear gas and shock grenades the Ukrainian police is storming the Independence square (Maidan) in Kiev.

The live coverage of local media shows fires, explosions and fireworks. The square is apparently full of thousands of people who are singing the national anthem.

According to reporters, the streets around the square are teeming with police, snipers and army.

Ukrainian MP Vitali Klitschko urged the people to stand their ground. “This is a small island of freedom”, he said.

During the day, at least nine people were reportedly killed, including two policemen. Most are allegedly killed by gunfire.

The Ukrainian media report that there are hundreds of wounded – mostly victims of tear gas and severe head injuries.

The deaths are the result of the renewed violent clashes that set thousands of police and protesters against each other at several locations near Ukraine's parliament building in Kiev, after several weeks of relative peace.

The opposition has demanded the return of the 2004 constitution, which curbs some of President Yanukovych's powers.

The changes would mean that parliament, rather than the president, would appoint the prime minister and most cabinet members, as well as regional governors.

The move could also lead to early presidential elections, which has been a key demand of the opposition.

Security forces had earlier given protesters a deadline of 18:00 local time to end the unrest.

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Yane - 20 Feb 2014 // 19:09:24

anthropologistj, ever heard of a man named Snowden? Just askin

sa-sha - 20 Feb 2014 // 15:41:25

(1) "The Russians/Soviet Union are the best thing"--- this author knows a lot ;-).....
(2) "The rantings sound exactly the same: the USA is out to conquer not only the world - but the UNIVERSE" !!!---what a surprise! Earlier Big Chief of the West and of the Rest, BBB (Black Boy Barak), told: "Some may disagree, but I believe that America is exceptional" and "The United States must renew its leadership in the world". See? Not UNIVERSE, but the World only. So modest BBB, so modest "rantings", what a consolation for the "rest" of the World, right?

anthropologist - 20 Feb 2014 // 10:15:51

What dot? The rantings sound exactly the same: the USA is out to conquer not only the world - but the UNIVERSE. The Russians/Soviet Union are the best thing that every happened in history. Bulgarians are much better under USSR/RUSSIA. The EU is an evil Washington-controlled outpost. And the CIA has microchipped everyone and controls everyone with a remote control from Langley.....
Dot or no dot the same delusional individual(s) share(s) the exact same beliefs.

Seedy - 19 Feb 2014 // 19:30:14

I didn't notice the extra dot - but it still sounds like the usual raving of The Mad Monk Ra-sa-sha-putin.....

Yane - 19 Feb 2014 // 19:13:16

a dot at the end of the name, Seedy trolling again trying to come across as Sasha.

Seedy - 19 Feb 2014 // 13:18:40

"....the CIA does not CONTROL MY THOUGHTS..." says Sa-sha. Indeed this is is true: insofar as he actually HAS any thoughts, they are controlled by Putin and his KGB friends; no doubt the Red Army will be dancing its way to Kiev soon on another leg of its World Liberation Tour....

sa-sha. - 19 Feb 2014 // 10:22:38

My Dearest Novinite....Again...Alas!..."The Police has massacred the innocent protestors in Maidan".....NOVINITE "Protestor: someone who joins a movement for change" These MAGGOTS in Maidan are not Protestors but US/EU Sponsored Terrorists (les terroristes)......As Klitschko said: "we fight for our dignity and independence." INDEPENDENCE? From what my dearest Tysonite? ;-).......You are fighting to continue being microchipped by the CIA. .....Control ------------- the mind.......I have said....The Langley boys tried to microchip me too.....They implant impersonators in this forum......To discredit me (moi) and pretend I'm a weak incoherent man.....a boozed up man.....and a homo man........Sure......WE all have weaknesses.....But the CIA does not CONTROL MY THOUGHTS my dearest Klitschko and Novinite.........That is INDEPENDENCE....

Maudlin - 19 Feb 2014 // 07:58:43

ЕU has no extra money for you, dumb stupid Ukrainians. Prepare yourself for triple gas price from Russia without love and beg your new western brothers for low paid jobs, lol :)

Yane - 18 Feb 2014 // 23:07:57

Damn western ukrainian nazis, THIS ENDS HERE! Enough trying to be nice to those scumbags, they think violence and riots are the way to go, this is Europe, not Africa! Enough is enough!

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