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At Least Twenty-Five Killed In Ukraine As President Alleges Coup Attempt

At Least Twenty-Five Killed In Ukraine As President Alleges Coup Attempt

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times

KIEV, Ukraine — As the death toll in Kiev’s violent political confrontation rose dramatically to at least 25 Wednesday, Ukraine’s embattled President Victor Yanukovich laid blame for the violence on protest leaders and threatened a tough response.

Pointing to continued clashes in Kiev’s Independence Square Wednesday morning, Yanukovich accused the opposition of a coup attempt.

“Without any mandate from the people, acting illegally and violating the constitution of Ukraine these, so to say, politicians tried to seize power by resorting to pogroms, arsons and murders,” Yanukovich said in a televised speech. “They crossed the line when they called upon the people to take up arms. This is a flagrant violation of law.”

Yanukovich called upon the leaders of the opposition to immediately dissociate themselves from the radical forces. “In case they don’t want to go, they must admit that they support the radicals,” he said. “In this case we will deal with them in a different way.”

The speech came in the wake of Yanukovich’s meeting with opposition leaders Wednesday.

Meanwhile, several thousand riot police were still trying to storm the burning barricades of the protesters’ tent camp in Independence Square Wednesday morning. Police shot teargas, stun grenades and rubber bullets at the protesters who responded in kind by hurling cobblestones and Molotov cocktails at police. Police also used powerful water cannons, aiming them at protesters on top of barricades. Both sides accused the other of using live ammunition.

“Given the character of wounds on the slain civilians and also the types of weapons which were seized (from protesters) we can suggest that this bodily damage could have been caused by aggressively inclined protesters themselves,” said a statement published Wednesday on the official website of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry.

Opposition leaders showed their frustration after meeting with Yankovich.

“In my opinion, the government must immediately withdraw troops and put an end to the bloody conflict because people are dying,” protest leader and former heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko said in a statement published on his UDAR party’s website. “How can we hold talks while blood is being shed? Unfortunately (Yanukovich) has no understanding of the situation.”

By Wednesday morning, hospitals and clinics in Ukraine’s capital were filled with several hundred injured on both sides.

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2 responses to “At Least Twenty-Five Killed In Ukraine As President Alleges Coup Attempt”

  1. daniel bostdorf says:

    Monuments to Kiev’s founders burn as anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Kiev’s Independence Square, the epicenter of the country’s current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Thousands of police armed with stun grenades and water cannons attacked the large opposition camp in Ukraine’s capital on Tuesday that has been the center of nearly three months of anti-government protests after at least nine people were killed in street clashes.

    Photo by Efrem Lukatsky

  2. daniel bostdorf says:

    ….Putin is behind this whole mess……He is attempting to create a “Eurasian Union” of formerly aligned Soviet states. Model after European Union.

    The European Union represents Democratic values. Putin fears this because the protestors prefer a Democratic EU model…not same old repression……But the “Eurasian Union” is not. What is going on by Putin and his proxy in the Ukraine is the old KBG/Stalin style of organizing states.

    Ukraine is key because of its strategic natural resources.

    Russia’s economy is based on only digging things out of the ground. It has absolute no vibrant free market based economy lie EU. Russia is controlled by a handful of oligarchs who prop up Putin to keep exploiting the regions resources.

    “The Eurasian Economic Union is said to be the brainchild of Vladimir Putin in the wake of his third term as the President of Russia. If realized, it would comprise a number of states which were part of the former Soviet Union: Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. At a November 2011 round table in Moscow organized by the ruling United Russia. party, Russian political scientist Dmitry Orlov stated that apart from post-Soviet states, membership to the Eurasian Union could be expanded to include other countries that have been historically or culturally close, such as Finland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Mongolia, Cuba and Venezuela,incorporating them into a common state body where Russian would be the common language of communication and economic cooperation. Vladimir Putin stated in November 2011 that the Eurasian Union would build upon the “best values of the Soviet Union”; however, critics claimed that the drive towards integration aims to restore the “Soviet Empire”.

    More here:

    Russia is behind the violence and eliminating those who reject the Eurasian Union.

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