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Ukraine: Kiev goes medieval as protesters attack with clubs, shields00:50

Ukraine: Kiev goes medieval as protesters attack with clubs, shields

Ukraine, Kiev
January 19, 2014 at 17:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukraine: Kiev goes medieval as protesters attack with clubs, shields

A renewed bout of violence erupted in Kiev on Sunday as anti-government demonstrators took to the streets in defiance of tighter new protest legislation passed by the Verkhovna Rada on Friday. The clashes featuring explosives followed an anti-government rally earlier in the day.

Protesters wearing helmets and carrying shields, wielded sticks and flares, clashing with cordons of security forces surrounding government buildings, and attempted to turn over a police bus. According to police, activists were also throwing smoke grenades.

Ukrainian opposition figures decried the most aggressive protesters as “provocateurs” and called on them to stop provoking the police. However, protesters did not back off and continued to shower fireworks and other objects on riot police, who protected themselves with shields. As flash and smoke grenades continued to be set off, ambulances were seen arriving at the scene to treat the injured.

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Ukraine: Kiev goes medieval as protesters attack with clubs, shields

A renewed bout of violence erupted in Kiev on Sunday as anti-government demonstrators took to the streets in defiance of tighter new protest legislation passed by the Verkhovna Rada on Friday. The clashes featuring explosives followed an anti-government rally earlier in the day.

Protesters wearing helmets and carrying shields, wielded sticks and flares, clashing with cordons of security forces surrounding government buildings, and attempted to turn over a police bus. According to police, activists were also throwing smoke grenades.

Ukrainian opposition figures decried the most aggressive protesters as “provocateurs” and called on them to stop provoking the police. However, protesters did not back off and continued to shower fireworks and other objects on riot police, who protected themselves with shields. As flash and smoke grenades continued to be set off, ambulances were seen arriving at the scene to treat the injured.