Feb. 18 - Scores of protesters and policemen were injured when anti-government protesters and police engaged in street battles in central Kiev on Tuesday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Scores of protesters and policemen were injured when anti-government protesters and police engaged in street battles in central Kiev on Tuesday (February 18). A parliamentary deputy said on Facebook that three demonstrators had been killed. The report could not immediately be confirmed. Ukrainian interior ministry said one man was killed, without specifying if he was a protester or a policeman. Ukrainian interior ministry also said several policemen have been wounded. Several protesters have been wounded and were treated by medics on the side of the clashes. The protesters had marched on to parliament but were prevented to do so by police. Clashes ensued, with thousands protesters torching vehicles and hurling stones. Police replied by firing rubber bullets and stun and smoke grenades and spraying the protesters with water. Right Sector, a militant far-right group, added to tension by calling on people holding weapons to go to Independence Square, centre of the revolt, to protect it from a possible move by security forces to break it up. Yanukovich has been battling the opposition-led street protests since he walked away from a trade pact with the European Union in November and opted instead for forging closer economic ties with Russia, Ukraine's Soviet-era master. The protests have since broadened into a revolt against perceived sleaze and corruption in the Yanukovich leadership.