Three protesters killed, 150 injured in Kiev clashes

Anti-government protesters clash with police in front of the Ukrainian Parliment in Kiev on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014. At least three anti-government protesters were killed and some 150 others injured, some seriously, on Tuesday in fresh clashes bet
Anti-government protesters clash with police in front of the Ukrainian Parliment in Kiev on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014. At least three anti-government protesters were killed and some 150 others injured, some seriously, on Tuesday in fresh clashes between police and demonstrators in Kiev, opposition medics said. -- PHOTO: AFP

KIEV, Ukraine (AFP) - At least three anti-government protesters were killed and some 150 others injured, some seriously, on Tuesday in fresh clashes between police and demonstrators in Kiev, opposition medics said.

"At least three people have died. All of them had gunshot wounds," said Dr Oleg Musiy, head of a medical team that runs first-aid centres for protesters.

Another medic at the opposition-run field hospital told AFP that most of the injuries were caused by stun grenades.

Thirty people were in a serious condition, and some had suffered head injuries, he said. One person had to have a hand amputated.

Police said 47 security officers had been hurt in the clashes, with five sustaining bullet wounds.

Demonstrations against the rule of President Viktor Yanukovych descended into violence on Tuesday for the first time in weeks as protesters fought pitched battles with security forces in the area around Ukraine's parliament building.

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