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Seven killed in bloodiest day of Kiev clashes

Published on Feb 19, 2014 1:32 AM
 

KIEV (AFP) - Ukrainian riot police approached Kiev's main opposition camp on Tuesday after at least seven people were killed in the bloodiest day of clashes in nearly three months of protests.

Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko called on women and children to quit the encampment on Kiev's iconic Independence Square over fears of a possible police assault. But some 25,000 protestors remained on the square after the expiry of a 6:00pm ultimatum from security forces demanding calm be restored.

Police said five civilians and two policemen had died in a day of clashes that turned parts of central Kiev into a war zone.

Medics working at field hospitals run by the opposition earlier said that three protesters died of gunshot wounds and that around 150 others were injured, of which some 30 were in a serious condition.

 
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