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Live Video: Clashes erupt again in #Ukraine #Euromaidan protests

Live Video: Clashes erupt again in #Ukraine #Euromaidan protests

Government and protester clashes leave death and destruction.

Violence again erupted in Ukraine on Tuesday.

From the NY Times:

Mayhem gripped the center of the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday evening as riot police officers tried to drive two armored personnel carriers through stone-reinforced barriers in Independence Square, the focal point of more than two months of protests against President Viktor F. Yanukovych.

Pelted by rocks and fireworks, the vehicles became stuck in the massive barricades outside the Khreschatyk Hotel and burst into flames, apparently trapping the security officers inside, prompting desperate rescue efforts from their colleagues.

In the course of wild day of parries and thrusts by the protesters and the police, the authorities in Kiev reported nine people killed, including two police officers. It was the bloodiest day of violence since President Yanukovych spurned a trade deal with Europe in November and set of protests that began peacefully but have since involved occasional spasms of deadly violence.

Live feeds and other video footage show clashes between protesters and police forces and footage of the scenes on the ground.

This site offers multiple live streaming video feeds. [There may be trouble connecting.]

Additional video footage recorded earlier:

The BBC also posted video footage of the situation on the ground.

The Washington Post offers some insight into why things may have escalated again: The three big reasons that protests reignited in Ukraine

You can follow below for updates on social media about Ukraine; you can also follow the #euromaidan and #Kiev hashtags.  We will also update this post accordingly.


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BannedbytheGuardian | February 18, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Prior to this I had read things were quiet . Then that there was an agreement to leave the city hall . As the Nuland call demonstrates there is ongoing talks & that there are those ( in this case the 2 people on the phone representing US interests) interfering.

Someone did not like that agreement & hence brought back the violent elements.

I wonder who is paying these people many of whom are sporting full military get up including flak jackets .( balaclavas are cheap ) . I have no reason to believe Ukrainians want para military either running amok.

Too many commentators are imposing their own preferences on who these paramilitary are . History does not support them being in the hoped for nice European polite democracy ‘ vanguard . They are just as likely to be far left / nihilists .

I am hardly going to read the bbc or wapo. Who cares what the think? We have no influence & we just have to work it out after the fact.

Venezuela, Thailand, the Middle East. Seems the whole world is ticked off. Thanks obama.

One young lady’s plea to the world from the Ukraine.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvds2AIiWLA

Bismark said something along the lines that war is continuation of policy by other means. I imagine Ukrainian opposition is under pressure time-wise; probably want to get to some kind of favorable agreement before the Olympics’ end.
There are Euromaidan fundraisers everywhere online, although I’m not sure how much they can raise that way. Russian speakers claim that North American Ukrainians are bankrolling the Maidan, but considering that they are pro-Putin and don’t present any evidence of it, I’d take it with a grain of salt. Anyway, my bet is that it’s all privately financed.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | February 18, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Sorry that was an accidental downtick.

    Something that was rumoured / mooted was that 20% of ukraine agricultural land has been leased to China. Things like that could send the locals into into the feelin that they have been sold out. ( others see it as investment ) . It depends where it is in Ukraine .

    There is more going on than EU vs Russia. But if they want to burn down Kiev then there is no way they will ever rebuild it without foreign money. They might have to lease it to China also.

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