Feb. 20 - Amateur video purports to show protesters in Kiev taking riot police hostage. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Amateur video obtained by Reuters on Thursday (February 20) purports to show Ukrainian police captured by anti-government protesters being escorted through the streets of Kiev, on the bloodiest day in the former Soviet republic's post-independence history. The video cannot be independently verified by Reuters. The country's interior ministry said protesters were holding 67 policemen hostage in the capital. Police were seen in the video appearing to be led away from the scene of protests, while people were seen carrying a stretcher near two men loudly beating a drum. Earlier the ministry said "Berkut" riot policemen had been armed with combat weapons, an attempt to regain control of violent protests in which at least 75 people have died since Tuesday. A further three policemen were unaccounted for, it said. European Union ministers sought to broker a political settlement in the country after gun battles raged between police and anti-government protesters.