At Least 13 Dead, Dozens Injured As Ukraine Protests Turn Violent Again
Ukrainian security forces say they will use “harsh measures” against the opposition if their ultimatum is not met.Update: Police say six policemen and seven protesters have died. WARNING: Graphic content.
Ukraine’s top two security officials accused opposition leaders of organizing the violence and issued an ultimatum to protesters to stop the violence by 6 p.m. local time. “If the riot continues, we will be forced to resort to harsh measures,” they said.
The violence came as the government and opposition appeared to near a compromise solution to Ukraine’s political crisis. Activists surrendered occupied government buildings Sunday to let an amnesty bill pass.
Russia, which had just announced Monday that it would release a $2 billion loan it held up over concern at Yanukovych’s ability to quell the crisis, said the violence was a “direct result” of Western support for the opposition.
Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko urged the protesters to stand their ground. “We will not go anywhere from here,” said Klitschko to the crowd, speaking from a stage in Independence Square as fires burned around him.