Ukraine: Truce Fails, More Dead In The Streets

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There does not seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel for conditions of protests in Ukraine. On Thursday, the government declared a truce in fighting after 28 people had died during attacks the day prior. But there was no peaceful silence. Only the sounds of gunfire erupting In Kiev’s Independence Square, which has become the center hub of anti-government protests. 

According to CNN, the head of the protesters’ medical service said 100 people died and 500 were injured in clashes on Thursday.

The Ukrainian government has not released its own casualty figures, althought Interior Minister Vitali Zakharchenko said 25 police officers had been wounded and an unspecified number of them had died. Some officers have been taken hostage.

Ukraine may have already seen its deadliest day yet since the protests broke out.

Zakharchenko said the violence had been “provoked exclusively by the opposition leaders.” In a statement from President Viktor Yanukovych’s office, “The opposition used the negotiation period to buy time, to mobilize and get weapons to protesters.”


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