At Least 25 People Killed As a Result Of Clashes Between the Protesters And the Police in Kiev
18.02.2014 clashes between the protesters and the police started again. Dozens of people have been killed, more than a thousand wounded. Hospitals are overcrowded with injured people. The authorities took advantage of the ceasefire: they mobilised their resources to solve the conflict by force. Without any legal grounds and de facto recognitions, state of emergency has been imposed in Kiev: entrances to the city are blocked, passability of streets is limited, public transport almost paralysed, unknown people with firearms are wreaking havoc in the streets, shooting at protesters and journalists.
Another stage of clashes between anti-government protesters and police forces started on February 18, 2014, in the morning. A column of protesters came to the building of Parliament, demanding the presidential party to make a compromise and accept new version of the Constitution that curbs the powers of the President considerably. Yet the ruling party refused to register the opposition’s bill. The protesters were stopped by police barriers. Soon several hotbeds of conflict emerged in the government quarter. By the evening the protest activists were pushed back to Maidan Nezalezhnosti, which was then assaulted by military forces.