World Bulletin / News Desk
Ukraine’s pro-EU opposition leader Vitali Klitschko has uttered an ultimatum to President Viktor Yanukovych, saying that he will join the ‘attack’ on the Kiev-based government unless snap elections are called immediately.
Although the government has said that it is willing to compromise with protestors, who have been involved in violent clashes with police since November after the government announced the freezing of the EU accession process, protests have been banned to restore calm to the country.
Despite this, Ukrainians came out in the thousands on Wednesday to mark the implementation of the ban, once again clashing with police in Kiev. Up to five people have so far been confirmed dead in the clashes – the first of which to occur in the latest incidents.
Protestors, who were filmed firing fireworks at the police, accused the police of using brute force against the protesters, some of whom were shot and beaten. A number of injuries have been reported as a result of tear gas canisters fired by the police.
While the government has denied that police were carrying live ammunition, they also blamed some of the violence on far-right group Right Sector.
Meanwhile, the EU has threatened to revoke the right of entry visas for Ukraine if it is found that they are committing violations of human rights.
Ukraine, one of the largest countries in Europe found north of the Black Sea, has been long divided by pro-EU and pro-Russian camps, with some now claiming that it has become the battlefield for the European Union and Russia who are both seeking to spread their sphere of influence on the country.Last Mod: 23 Ocak 2014, 16:05