Three Activists In Kiev Have Reportedly Been Killed

Medical officials inside the activists’ camp have reported that at least three people have died. Ukrainian police have only confirmed one of the deaths.

1. Updated — Jan. 22, 12:22 p.m. ET

2. Medical officials within the activists’ camp have claimed that three activists have died in the latest clashes with riot police.

Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters

Oleh Musiy, the coordinator of the protesters’ medical services, has said that although the police have only confirmed one death, there have been three. Two of the activists are said to have died of gunshot wounds, while the other fell from a high altitude and died from his injuries.

3. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has claimed the police at the site of the clashes did not have live ammunition.

Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters

4. However, the Associated Press is now reporting that prosecutors say that the two men “were shot with live ammunition.”

5. Musiy has also said the wounds on two of the bodies resembled those caused by live ammunition.

AP Photo/Yuras Karmanau

6. While two of the activists were shot, it’s said the third activist died after falling off a 13-meter-high colonnade of a Kiev stadium.

AP Photo/Yuras Karmanau

There are varying reports that the activist was pelting riot police with fireworks and molotov cocktails and then fell off the roof.

Euromaidan clashes claim their first victim, who fell off a colonnade during clashes with police http://t.co/BxwGkjgMfx

— maxseddon (@max seddon)

Interfax appears to confirm death of the second protester who fell off the colonnade. Not clear what "confirm" means http://t.co/k501Apf3ZD

— maxseddon (@max seddon)

9. However, there are some reports that the activist did not fall off the roof, but was “thrown” off.

@maxseddon There are convincing grounds to believe that it was 'thrown off', not 'fell off'. Verification needed, though.

— j_parus (@Jakub Parusinski)

@maxseddon There were at least 2 protesters on colonnade at the time. One was allegedly thrown down. https://t.co/pdT9LxXAyg

— j_parus (@Jakub Parusinski)

11. There’s also disturbing video footage that some are saying shows what happened on the colonnade.

12. With regards to the one confirmed death, there are reports on Twitter that the activist was male and was shot multiple times.

Oleg Musiy, #EuroMaidan medical service coordinator confirms to @KyivPost by phone death of man who "was shot 4 times in head, neck, chest."

— ChristopherJM (@Christopher Miller)

13. The details of the activist’s death are unconfirmed, but there are some reports the activist was shot by a police sniper.

Intefax quotes medic saying man at Hrushevskoho was killed by sniper. http://t.co/9BIqfWZ0V9

— leonidragozin (@Leonid Ragozin)

Multiple news sources saying a protester in Kiev has been shot dead by a sniper. #Ukraine #Euromaidan #EU

— Jonnyhibberd (@Jonathan Hibberd)

Protester was shot tonight in Kyiv. Here is the first victim of riot police.

— Leshchenkos (@Leshchenko)

16. The following photo of the activist has been circulated on Twitter and used by the BBC.

Photo of anti-government protester shot and killed in Kiev as riot troops tear down barricades via @KyivPost

— MarkAmesExiled (@Mark Ames)

17. The AP reports that police have now torn down barricades at the protestors’ camp, and are chasing away protestors from the area.

Gleb Garanich / Reuters
AP Photo/Sergei Grits
Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters
Gleb Garanich / Reuters

Riot policemen prepare a a Molotov cocktail during clashes with pro-European protesters in Kiev January 22, 2014.

Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters

22. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has stated that the opposition leaders should be held responsible for the deaths.

Gleb Garanich / Reuters

 
Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters

Riot police officers hold a man lying on the ground during clashes between police and pro-European protesters in Kiev January 22, 2014.

AP Photo/Sergei Grits

25. The U.S. Embassy has since announced it has revoked the visas of several Ukrainians who were linked to the violence in Kiev, “in response to actions taken against protestors on the Maidan in November and December of last year.”

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