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Ukraine: Yatsenyuk brands ultra-nationalist protesters worse than Russian "terrorists"00:50

Ukraine: Yatsenyuk brands ultra-nationalist protesters worse than Russian "terrorists"

Ukraine, Kiev
September 1, 2015 at 00:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk slammed the "political forces" attempting to "rape" the constitution of Ukraine in Kiev on Tuesday, in a fiery speech aimed at those he deems responsible for the events that rocked the Ukrainian capital on Monday. Slamming Russian "bandits" and "terrorists" in East Ukraine, the Ukrainian PM nonetheless labelled nationalist and ultra-nationalist protesters worse and called for various political parties and groups including "Svoboda" to be "investigated" and "punished."

Violent clashes rocked Kiev on Monday, resulting in the death of one police officer and dozens of other officers and National Guard servicemen being injured. A combat grenade was thrown towards the police and national guard officers, who were trying to prevent protesters from getting too close to the Ukrainian parliament building. One officer was killed after being hit by shrapnel from the grenade.

Clashes erupted in Kiev earlier in the day after around 1,000 nationalist and ultra-nationalist activists gathered outside the Ukrainian parliament to protest against a draft bill on constitutional changes that would grant greater autonomy to the Donbass region. The draft amendment will introduce constitutional changes regarding the status of Donbass. Ukrainian MPs voted in favour of the bill following a tense session of parliament.

Dozens have been arrested since Monday's violence, including “Sich” battalion volunteer Igor Gumenyuk who has also reportedly been expelled from Svoboda. He has denied allegations he was involved in the violence, with his lawyer claiming there is no evidence against his client.

Ukraine: Yatsenyuk brands ultra-nationalist protesters worse than Russian "terrorists"00:50
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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk slammed the "political forces" attempting to "rape" the constitution of Ukraine in Kiev on Tuesday, in a fiery speech aimed at those he deems responsible for the events that rocked the Ukrainian capital on Monday. Slamming Russian "bandits" and "terrorists" in East Ukraine, the Ukrainian PM nonetheless labelled nationalist and ultra-nationalist protesters worse and called for various political parties and groups including "Svoboda" to be "investigated" and "punished."

Violent clashes rocked Kiev on Monday, resulting in the death of one police officer and dozens of other officers and National Guard servicemen being injured. A combat grenade was thrown towards the police and national guard officers, who were trying to prevent protesters from getting too close to the Ukrainian parliament building. One officer was killed after being hit by shrapnel from the grenade.

Clashes erupted in Kiev earlier in the day after around 1,000 nationalist and ultra-nationalist activists gathered outside the Ukrainian parliament to protest against a draft bill on constitutional changes that would grant greater autonomy to the Donbass region. The draft amendment will introduce constitutional changes regarding the status of Donbass. Ukrainian MPs voted in favour of the bill following a tense session of parliament.

Dozens have been arrested since Monday's violence, including “Sich” battalion volunteer Igor Gumenyuk who has also reportedly been expelled from Svoboda. He has denied allegations he was involved in the violence, with his lawyer claiming there is no evidence against his client.