Tag Archive: Independence Square


Exclusive: Photographs Expose Russian-Trained Killers In Kiev

 

Russian Snipers Kiev

 

 

” The first crack of a sniper’s round in Kiev’s Independence Square came shortly after nine o’clock on the morning of February 20 and the last about seven hours later at around four o’clock in the afternoon drawing to a close the bloodiest day in what had been a months-long struggle to oust Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych.

  Many of the 53 people slain died from clean shots to the head or neck—telltale wounds inflicted by expert marksmen; while others were gunned down at closer quarters by less expert assassins armed with AK-47 assault rifles.

  Most of the photographs accompanying this article were taken on February 20, and they appear to reveal the truth about who carried out the shootings in Independence Square on that day—a fateful one for both Ukraine and for Europe, which suddenly witnessed the continent’s worst political violence of the 21st century. The pictures shared exclusively with The Daily Beast show members of a crack anti-terrorist unit known as the Alfa Team in the courtyard of the headquarters of Ukraine’s feared state security service, the SBU, preparing themselves for battle. The agency’s seven-story headquarters occupies an entire city block and is just three streets from the Maidan.”

 

The Daily Beast has much more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Revolution Captured On Camera

 

Fireworks explode near anti-government protesters during clashes with riot police at Independence Square in Kiev on February 18

Fireworks explode near anti-government protesters during clashes with riot police at Independence Square 
in Kiev on February 18


 

” Ukraine has experienced its bloodiest week in decades after days of deadly clashes between anti-government protesters and police which ended in the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych.

  For three months demonstrators have been involved in a stand-off with authorities in the capital Kiev.

  But on February 18 violence escalated and the Health Ministry said the death toll between protesters and police had reached 82. The protesters put that figure at over 100.

  Here are a selection of photographs which capture the devastation caused in Kiev’s Independence Square.”

Activists pay respects to protesters who were killed in clashes with police in Independence Square, the epicentre of demonstrations in Kiev

Activists pay respects to protesters who were killed in clashes with police in Independence Square, 
the epicentre of demonstrations in Kiev








Wounded people are seen after clashes with riot police in central Kiev on February 18

Wounded people are seen after clashes with riot police in central Kiev on February 18





Smoke rises above Independence Square during anti-government protests in central Kiev in the early hours of February 19

Smoke rises above Independence Square during anti-government protests in central Kiev 
in the early hours of February 19



People cheer as they listen to police officers from Lviv who have joined anti-government protesters during a rally in Independence Square in Kiev on February 21

People cheer as they listen to police officers from Lviv who have joined anti-government protesters 
during a rally in Independence Square in Kiev on February 21


   The Daily Mail has many many more photos on display courtesy of Reuters , AP , Getty , AFP and others . See the entire collection here .

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Загиблі та постраждалі у сутичках в центрі Києва

(Killed and injured in clashes in the center of Kyiv)

In solidarity with the brutalized protesters in Kiev , Ukrainian Olympic ski team members have refused to compete .

” Members of the National Olympic team of Ukraine Bohdan Matsotska and Oleg Matsotskyy refuse to participate in the Games in Sochi, the events in Ukraine.

  They are “extremely indignant recent actions of President Viktor Yanukovych, who, instead of negotiations to resolve the conflict Square (where we had hoped to end leaving the Olympic Games in Sochi), sank the most recent hopes Ukrainian blood.”

” Breaking with the eternal principle of the Olympic Games – during the World” – said Matsotski.

” In solidarity with the fighters on the barricades and Square to protest against the bandit – the president and his creeping government, we refuse further performance at the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014″ – said they.

” May the memory of fallen heroes by Will Ukraine! Glory to Ukraine and its Heroes”, – added the athletes.”

 

Pravda Ukraina

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 Please pardon the awkward phrasing of the quoted text from this post as it comes from a computer generated translation of the original Pravda article published in Ukrainian .

Killed In Clashes Can Be More Than 30, Some Already Identified

Загиблих у сутичках може бути більше 30-ти, частину вже ідентифікували

 

 

 

 

 

 
” Killed in clashes in Kiev last night and maybe 30 people , according to the headquarters of national resistance.

  Deputy Les Orobets in the air “Public TV” said it – only officially confirmed the numbers.

  She said that so far there is no information about the exact number of people killed in the House of Trade Unions, which is burned at night.

  Orobets suggests that because while burning 1st and 9th floors of the building, many people failed to evacuate – and the death toll could be more than you expect.

  Previously, she has published in his Facebook list of identified those killed during clashes on February 18 and at night.   

  There are currently unable to install the following persons: 
1. Nikolai Nikitin, S. (However, readers report that Nikitin alive, but dead Georgian named Zurab, who was in the pocket of identity Nikitin – Ed.)

2. Dvoryanets Antonina

3. Andrew Korczak – Lviv region. 

4. Veremiy Vyacheslav – Kyiv

5. Didych Sergey – Ivano-Frankivsk region.

6. Vladimir Kishchuk – Zaporozhye.

7. Sergei Shapoval – Kyiv

8. Games Serduk – Poltava region. 

9. Naumov, Vladimir G. – Donetsk region.

10. Alexander Kapinos – Ternopil region.

11. Plekhanov, Alexander V.

12. Kulchytsky Vladimir S. – Kyiv

13. Brezdenyuk Valery – Vinnitsa region. Among the dead security forces – these people: 1. Dmitry Vlasenko 2. Goncharov Vitaly I. 3. Ivanenko Alex N. 4. Teplyuk Ivan 5. Maxim Tretiak L. “

 

    Pravda has more on the casualties while a group of lawyers from Ukraine have started a petition , included below , demanding an end to the government repression and brutalization of the Ukrainian people .

 

 

 

Address Of The Ukrainian Bar On The Situation In The Country

Звернення українських правників щодо ситуації в країні

 

” We, the undersigned, professional lawyers can not and do not want to put up with the lawlessness that takes place in Ukraine before our eyes over the past two-plus months. Moreover, the events of recent weeks in Ukraine have shown that a violation of law and basic principles of human morality are not just carry a massive and systematic nature of the state authorities.

  Thanks to the heroic and sacrificial work of hundreds of journalists and civil society activists entire country received unequivocal evidence of crimes committed en masse all branches of power in Ukraine:

  • MPs vote for bills that do not read, under pressure from those who must control and limit,
  • police officers guard the offenders and torture of peaceful demonstrators, and
  • courts knowingly render unlawful decisions without any research or even complete disregard of circumstances.

  These illegal criminal acts have become so widespread and public that they can not hide any application and creative interpretation of the facts. It is significant that none of the cases of abuse of power did not get a decent assessment of the public authorities.

  Unfortunately, we have to admit that the main reason that happens is a long-term destruction of the basic principles of the establishment and functioning of state authorities in Ukraine. Today the entire state machinery has become a machine of making money, which ceased to perform its primary function and single – serving the people.

  These processes began to rise to power of current leaders of the country, but for them peaked and started to threaten not only the economy but also the lives and health of all residents of the country. Thousands of lives maimed, millions lost trust in the law, and to the people that are meant to protect it.

Given the dire situation as human rights and the functioning of the Ukrainian state, we have:

  • ready to give us all the collected evidence and its own analysis to assess actions of government bodies;
  • We ask all concerned legislators unite to fix all common offenses, giving them professional judgment and protect victims;
  • requires all public and professional organizations claiming to represent the interests of lawyers, including:
  • Lawyers Association of Ukraine (ACU)
  • Union of Lawyers of Ukraine,
  • Union of Advocates of Ukraine,
  • National Association of Advocates of Ukraine

immediately determine their own assessment of the situation in the country and a legal qualification to state authority. We assume no officially declared position on the qualifications of the authorities’ full and unconditional agreement with the lawlessness perpetrated by public authorities;

  • require public authorities at all levels to stop the lawlessness and initiate public dialogue on the structural reform of public authorities, including law enforcement bodies and courts;
  • remind all our colleagues both in form and in plain clothes and all civil servants that they always have the option not to commit illegal acts and remain people – resignation. From our side we will assist as much as possible so that guilty of violating the law of representatives of government took full responsibility without limitation terms for their involvement in it.

 

Signatures:

Nikolai Orlov, lawyer

Cyril Levterov

Games Ogorodniychuk

Valery Bitsyuk, Attorney

Alexander Martinenko

Ilya Kostin, lawyer

Inna Rafalskiy, Attorney

Boris Danevych, lawyer

Lana Sinichkina

Andrew Hook

Vladimir Sushchenko

Jaroslav Teklyuk, Attorney

Nazar Fedorchuk

Maxim Cherkasenko

Tatiana Kozachenko

Victoria Ptashnyk

Nicholas Gray, a lawyer

Sergey Tyurin, Attorney

Oleg Polishchuk, lawyer

Sergey Sviriba

Oksana Il’chenko

Markiyan Klyuchkovsky

Alex Filatov, lawyer

Sergey Shkliar

Sergey Koziakov

Alexander Pavlenko

Alexander Domashenko

Andriy Sereda

Mr. Pilkov, Attorney

Andrew Trembych, Attorney

Alexander Franchuk, a lawyer

Marina Lilichenko, Attorney

Vyacheslav Sokolov

Nikolai Eremenko, lawyer

Andrew Avtorgov, Attorney

Olga Lyuber, Attorney

Eugene Stelmach, Attorney

Roman rowing, Attorney

Dmitry Nazarets, Attorney

Irina Didkovskiy lawyer

Yuri rounders

Alexander Shevchenko lawyer

Vitaly Vedmyedyev, Attorney

Alexander Lapin, a lawyer

Paul Dikan, Attorney

Andrew Steblevskyy, Attorney

Jaroslav Tuk

Tamara Atamas, Attorney

John Bone, attorney

Svetlana Petrakivska, Attorney

Andrew Levkovets, Attorney

Andrew Bohinkevych, Attorney

Constantine Porosolov

Vladislav Sokolov, a lawyer

Vitaly Tytych, Attorney

Natalia Zavgorodnyaya, Attorney

Lukovkiv Anton, a lawyer

Natalia Dankovskyi, Attorney

Roman Maselko

Yuriy Kushnir, lawyer

Jaroslav Abramov

Alex Buchanan

Zoe Zamihovska

Maxim Sysoev, Attorney

Irina Paliashvili

Margarita Karpenko

Arthur Kotenko

Sergey Benedyuk

Michael Gursky

Denis Maystrenko

Roman Tytykalo

Dmitry Mikhaylenko

Games decompose

Oleksandr Padalka

Alexander Onishchenko, Attorney

Alexander Pashchenko lawyer

Dmitri Denisov, a lawyer

Catherine Ishchenko

Taras Kislev, the lawyer

Maxim Syurenko, Attorney

Elena Storozhuk, lawyer

Olga Stolyarchuk

Tatiana Koren, a lawyer

Games Cherezov, Attorney

Denis Rabomizo, Attorney

Leonid Cherniavskyi

Julia Cherkashina, Attorney

Elena centurion lawyer

Eugene KOLOMYJEC, Attorney

Michael Spasov, Attorney

Dmitry Loshakova, Attorney

Julianna relative

Roman Smalyuk

Natalie Romaniuk, lawyer

Dmitry Pohoryelyy

Trumpeter Alexander, Attorney

Maxim Vasiliev, Attorney

Julia Buzikova

Dmitry Gnenny, Attorney

Sergey Laputko, Attorney

Kurdydyk Alexander, Attorney

Tatiana Overseas

Svetlana Musienko

Galina Zagorodniuk lawyer

Mladen Kachurets

Leonid Antonenko, a lawyer

Alex Wednesday

Lubomir Drozdovskii, Attorney

Julian Revyuk, Attorney

Olga Kozlyakovska, Attorney

Olena Tkachenko, lawyer

Dmitry Timoshchenko

Andrew Primak

Anna Stretovych

Andrew Stelmashchuk, Attorney

Natasha Mozgovaya

Inna Weasel

Andrey Tsvetkov, lawyer

Vladimir Bobrik

Dmitry Gadomsky, Attorney

Michael Perhamenschyk, Attorney

Faith Prohira

Alexander Mamunya

Anna Rabomizo

Oleg Polishchuk, lawyer

Sergey Chaplyan, Attorney

Sergey Mityurin, Attorney

Sergei Yaroshenko, a lawyer

Alina Samarets, Attorney

Hope Cherkasova, Attorney

Yuri Mihalskyy, Attorney

Joseph Zazulyak, Attorney

Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Attorney

Andrew Stelmashchuk

Vitaly Mahinchuk, Attorney

Alexander Babich, lawyer

Harmatyuk Anton, a lawyer

 

 

The following is a copy of the petition in the original Ukrainian language .

 

Звернення українських правників щодо ситуації в країні

” Ми, що нижче підписалися, професійні правники не можемо і не хочемо миритися з беззаконням, яке розгортається в Україні перед нашими очима протягом останніх двох з лишком місяців. Більше того, події останніх тижнів в Україні засвідчили, що порушення закону та елементарних засад людської моралі носять не просто масовий, а системний характер з боку органів державної влади.

Завдяки героїчній та жертовній праці сотень журналістів і громадських активістів уся країна отримала беззаперечні свідчення злочинів, масово вчинених усіма гілками влади в Україні:

  • парламентарі голосують за законопроекти, які не читають, під тиском тих, кого повинні контролювати та обмежувати,
  • правоохоронці охороняють правопорушників і катують мирних демонстрантів, а
  • суди виносять завідомо незаконні рішення без будь-якого дослідження, а то й з повним ігноруванням обставин справи.

Ці протиправні злочинні діяння стали настільки масовими і публічними, що їх неможливо приховати жодними заявами та творчою інтерпретацією фактів. Показово, що жоден з випадків зловживання владою не отримав гідної оцінки з боку державних органів.

На жаль, ми змушені визнати, що основною причиною того, що відбувається, є тривале руйнування основних засад створення та функціонування усіх органів державної влади в Україні. На сьогодні весь державний апарат перетворився на машину із заробляння грошей, яка припинила виконувати свою головну та єдину функцію – служіння народу.

Ці процеси почалися до приходу до влади поточних очільників країни, проте за них досягли піку та почали загрожувати вже не лише економіці, а й життю та здоров’ю усіх мешканців країни. Тисячі життів скалічено, мільйонам підірвано довіру як до закону, так і до осіб, які покликані його захищати.

З огляду на катастрофічну ситуацію як з дотриманням прав людини, так і з функціонування Української Держави, ми:

  • готові надати всі зібрані нами докази та власний аналіз для оцінки діянь представників органів державної влади;
  • просимо всіх небайдужих правників об’єднатися для спільної фіксації усіх фактів правопорушень, надання ним фахової оцінки та захисту постраждалих;
  • вимагаємо від усіх громадських та професійних організацій, які претендують на представництво інтересів правників, зокрема:
  • Асоціації правників України (АПУ),
  • Союзу юристів України,
  • Спілки адвокатів України,
  • Національної асоціації адвокатів України,

негайно визначитися з власною оцінкою ситуації в країні та юридичною кваліфікацією дій органів державної влади. Вважатимемо відсутність офіційно проголошеної позиції щодо кваліфікації дій влади повною і беззаперечною згодою із беззаконням, яке чинять органи державної влади;

  • вимагаємо від органів державної влади всіх рівнів припинити беззаконня і розпочати суспільний діалог щодо структурного реформування органів державної влади, зокрема правоохоронних органів та судів;
  • нагадуємо всім нашим колегам як в формі, так і в цивільному, а також усім державним службовцям, що у них завжди є можливість відмовитися від вчинення протиправних дій та залишитися людьми – звільнення за власним бажанням. Зі свого боку ми максимально допомагатимемо, щоби винні в порушенні закону представники органів державної влади понесли повну відповідальність без обмеження строків щодо їх притягнення до неї.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The United States And Europe Dawdle While Ukraine Goes Up In Flames

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Deadly violence claimed at least 18 lives in Kiev on Tuesday as riot police moved on activists’ encampments in the center of the city after protesters stormed the Ukrainian parliament. Inside the building, fights broke out as pro-government deputies blocked the opposition’s effort to submit a draft resolution to reinstate the 2004 constitution that would limit President Yanukovich’s power.

  As protests against Ukraine’s pro-Russian president enter their fourth month, it is clear that the battle cannot be resolved by compromise. Both sides are employing scorched earth polices from which there will emerge one winner and one loser. The United States and Europe have so far abdicated the opportunity to provide real assistance to the opposition. Putin, on the other hand, will leave no stone unturned to insure that his allies emerge victorious.  In such confrontations, the street fighter wins and the gentlemen lose.

  Yanukovich and his allies are playing for time, stretching out negotiations, pleading illness, and hoping for the steam to run out of the protests. The protesters are characterized as Nazis, skin heads, and criminals in the pay of hostile European powers and the United States. The United States and Europe are to blame for their blatant intervention in Ukraine’s internal affairs. Yanukovich trump card is his confidence that Putin will do all that is necessary to break the backs of the protesters and keep Ukraine in his proposed Eurasian Community. It was Putin’s pledge of $15 billion and cheap energy that broke the momentum of the protests in December. With the Sochi Olympics out of the way, Putin is again free to deploy his bag of dirty tricks.

  The protesters understand that they cannot lose the momentum by ramping down the protests. They understand that Yanukovich’s promises of shared government and amnesty are sham plays for time.  He has no intention of going anywhere, and he will not give up control of the police, military, tax authorities, and the prosecutor’s office. Any compromise which leaves these “power ministries” in his hands will allow him to exact heavy revenge once things settle down.”

 

 

Joe Biden was heard to say :

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych

” Vice President Biden called Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych today to express grave concern regarding the crisis on the streets of Kyiv. He called on President Yanukovych to pull back government forces and to exercise maximum restraint. The Vice President made clear that the United States condemns violence by any side, but that the government bears special responsibility to de-escalate the situation. The Vice President further underscored the urgency of immediate dialogue with opposition leaders to address protesters’ legitimate grievances and to put forward serious proposals for political reform. The United States is committed to supporting efforts to promote a peaceful resolution to the crisis that reflects the will and aspirations of the Ukrainian people.”

 

 

 

And while the wizened seers dither … Kiev burns …

 

 

 

Ukraine: Fireworks And Paving Stones Rain On Berkut Forces

 

 

Published on Feb 18, 2014

” Security forces charged over barricades set up by protesters during fresh clashes outside October Palace in Kiev on Tuesday, that have so far left five people dead.

  Protesters burned tyres and threw molotov cocktails and rocks at security forces, who retaliated with tear gas and rubber bullets.

  The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior has set a deadline of 18:00 (16:000 GMT) for protesters to end the fresh wave of riots.”

 

 

 

 

Ukraine: Barricades Ablaze On Maidan

 

 

Published on Feb 18, 2014

” Thousands continue to occupy Kiev’s Independence Square as state security forces move in to disperse the crowds. Water cannons and APCs have been deployed by police to clear the square.

  There are reportedly around 20,000 people gathered on Independence Square, many of them gathered behind barricades.

  At least 18 people are reported to have been killed as a result of Tuesday’s violence, including 11 protesters and 7 police officers. Hundreds more have been injured in the clashes.”

 

 

 

 

Ukraine: Dozens Injured As Fresh Riots Erupt In Kiev

 

 

Published on Feb 18, 2014

” At least five protesters have died and dozens have been injured as fresh clashes between rioters and police erupt in central Kiev on Tuesday.

  Protesters burnt tyres and threw molotov cocktails whilst police retaliated with tear gas and rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the crowds. At least 37 police officers have also been injured in the protests.

  Earlier in the day the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior released a statement setting 18:00(16:00 GMT) as a deadline which protesters must meet to end the fresh wave of unrest in Kiev.

  A statement issued by the SBU urges the protesters to return to the negotiation table and threatens the opposition with the use of force, in accordance with the Ukrainian law, if they do not comply.”

 

 

     The lack of American leadership on the world stage continues to make itself felt where-ever the desire for freedom dares show it’s head .

 

 

” A  Europe that encompasses Ukraine will put an end to Putin’s expansionary vision of restoring the former Soviet empire. It will diminish his  ability to be a trouble maker around the globe. Putin punches above his weight because of the weakness of the West, not because of his strength.  He understands that the ones who enter a street fight with brass knuckles will win against gentlemen who insist on fighting fair.

  Having Ukraine firmly in the Western camp is worth tens or hundreds of billion dollars over the long haul, and we cannot put together a measly $15 billion spread among ourselves to give the protesters some real ammunition? Why refuse to enter into a bidding war for a valuable outcome when the other side is not constrained by such gentlemen’s diplomacy?”

 

 

Read the rest at Forbes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protesters Hold Mirrors To Police, Force Them To Stare At Their Own Reflections

” In the Ukraine, hundreds of citizens have been protesting because they are unhappy with their government.

  When the protests started, there was numerous incidents of police brutality. One such attack was caught on camera:

  In response to what they thought was excessive force, the protesters in the Ukraine now bring mirrors with them. They are doing this to literally force police to look at their own reflections and face what they have turned into.”

 

 

 

 ” Many Ukrainian citizens claim that cops in their country only protect the government — not citizens, communities, and children.”

Read more at Ben Swann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torches Lit, Ukrainian Nationalists Celebrate An Inconvenient Hero

 

 

 

 

 

” The pro-Western protests on Kiev’s Independence Square turned into a New Year’s celebration last week, transforming the world’s biggest ongoing protest into a huge party. But after some 200,000 people looked hopefully to the upcoming year amid fireworks, dancing and mass singing of the national anthem at the “Euromaidan,” the dawn of 2014 saw a different kind of torch-lit protest.

  On Jan. 1, Thousands of Ukrainian nationalists marched in Kiev and the western city of Lviv to honor the what would have been the 105th birthday of Stepan Bandera, one of the most controversial figures in modern Ukrainian history — a Nazi collaborator, freedom fighter, and, to some, a terrorist.

  The marches, and their hero, highlight the profound complexities in today’s Ukraine, where past allegiances, prospects for the future, and a strong desire for independence — after centuries under foreign rule — all run into each other, creating a web difficult to untangle.

  The anti-government opposition is far from a unified, “Western-minded,” liberal front that would provide an easy narrative for would-be allies in the West. While the Maidan’s leadership includes the charismatic boxing champion Vitali Klitschko (who became the face of the fight against President Victor Yanukovych’s regime), it also boasts Oleg Tyagnibok, a notoriously racist leader of the far-right Svoboda party.”

 

See also :

 

Ukraine protests: Opposition holds first new year rally

Ukrainians thank Belarusians for solidarity

Pro-EU Ukrainian activist calls for nationwide strikes 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Dec 16, 2013

” After braving the cold and spending another night in Kiev’s Independence Square, pro-EU protesters warmed themselves up ahead of another day of demonstrations on Monday. The night before, around 300,000 outraged Ukrainians rallied in Maidan to protest, and around 5,000 camped in the square over night.

  Yesterday, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Štefan Füle announced on Twitter that negotiations with Ukraine on a trade pact had been halted, citing that ‘further discussion is conditioned on clear commitment to sign’. It is expected that tomorrow, Ukraine’s President Yanukovich will make a decision as to whether the country will resume negotiating an EU Association Agreement, or make a deal with Russia’s Customs Union.

  Yankovich was expected to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union on November 29, however backed out last minute sparking weeks of mass demonstrations in Kiev, with thousands turning out daily to protest.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ukraine: Troops Re-Group En Mass Across Kiev

 

 

 

Published on Dec 11, 2013

” Police forces across Kiev pulled back from Independence Square and City Hall Wednesday after unsuccessfully attempting to clear the square and evict occupiers of the hall.

  Police forces have been clearing areas of demonstrators over night, including a slow and gradual push to remove camps, barricades and crowds from Independence Square.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ukrainian Opposition Party’s Offices Raided As Protesters Dig In

 

 

 

 

” Ukrainian authorities closed in on protesters in Kiev and raided the offices of a leading opposition party on Monday, in their first tentative attempt to exert control over the city centre which has been occupied by anti-government protesters for a week.

  Riot police removed barricades around a key government building and stood face to face with lines of protesters as temperatures dropped and a blizzard swirled through Kiev. As of early evening there had been no attempt to regain control of Independence Square or the city hall, but police edged their lines closer during the day.”

 Activists from Fatherland, the political party of the jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, said their offices had been stormed by armed men. Ostap Semerak, an MP, told the Guardian that heavily armed operatives from the SBU secret services arrived at the party headquarters and entered through the windows “like pirates or terrorists”, before taking away computer servers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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” This is a building where several MPs have their offices and the act was completely illegal,” he said. “If there was a court order then they should have shown it, but this kind of behaviour is outrageous.”

  A week of protests against President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision not to sign an integration pact with the EU culminated in the biggest demonstration since the 2004 Orange Revolution on Sunday when hundreds of thousands of people flooded central Kiev. Protesters toppled a statue of Lenin and attacked it with hammers.”