Riots in Downtown Kyiv (Feb.18) – 24 Hour Update

RIOTS IN DOWNTOWN KYIV

Yesterday, 18.02.2014, large groups of Maidan activists walked in a procession to the Verkhovna Rada [Parliament], demanding reinstatement of the 2004 version of the Ukrainian Constitution. The area was surrounded by law enforcement. The situation escalated fast. After numerous clashes, the protesters retreated to Maidan [Independence Square], followed by law enforcers.

By evening, the government threatened to treat everyone who does not leave downtown Kyiv by midnight as a terrorist. Access to the city has been restricted. One of the main TV channels covering the protests (Kanal5) has been turned off throughout Ukraine.

During the night, a number of attacks were made on the protesters’ camp. The protesters have gathered in the heart of the camp, protecting themselves from further attacks by walls of fire. The attackers set fire to the Trade Union House, where many wounded were kept. Eventually, they were rescued.

As of morning, TWENTY-SIX people are reported dead. The number of injuries, according to some sources, has reached ONE THOUSAND. The protesters’ camp has NOT been dispersed. By morning, reinforcements for Maidan started arriving from other cities, especially Lviv. The stand-off goes on…

This is the last twenty-four hours of events, captured as they were happening:

MORNING:

08:55-11:00, 11:06-12:01

[Click pictures to enlarge. Click timestamps above to link to reports.]

AFTERNOON:

12:01-12:45, 12:44-15:50

[Click pictures to enlarge. Click timestamps above to go to reports.]

EVENING:

19:10-20:30, 20:45-22:20

[Click pictures to enlarge. Click timestamps above to go to reports.]

NIGHT:

22:40-23:30, 23:30-01:30, 01:30-03:30.

[Click pictures to enlarge. Click timestamps above to go to reports.]

Plus – RECAP

The Morning After on Maidan…

Dead and wounded: Faces of Death

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LIVE COVERAGE – Livestream from Maidan, by Espreso.TV

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4 Responses to Riots in Downtown Kyiv (Feb.18) – 24 Hour Update

  1. Reblogged this on CRONICA REZERVISTULUI and commented:
    Pentru cine (mai) are îndoieli, responsabilă pentru gestionarea unei situaţii este întotdeauna puterea. Dacă puterea scapă situaţia din mînă, îşi pierde cumpătul sau capul, nimeni nu este de vină, cu excepţia puterii. Asta şi-a asumat puterea, atunci cînd a fost instalată. Dacă nu se simte capabilă să gestioneze situaţia, are întotdeauna la dispoziţie varianta demisiei. Cînd nu demisionează şi recurge la violenţă, puterea, orice ar trîmbiţa, nu mai are nici o scuză.

  2. wildninja says:

    Thank you for these updates. It’s so important for the West to know what is going on there.

  3. Folks, please help to gather 100,000 signatures on a petition!
    Put your names down for petition and spread this message all over the world!
    TOPIC OF PETITION: Stop any intervention in internal affairs of Ukraine!
    Follow the link :

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/user/register?destination=petition/stop-any-intervention-internal-affairs-ukraine/Lm1KSkFY

    Here you should create a WhiteHouse.gov Account and then sign the petition.
    We are running short of time. Hurry up till march 17, 2014!

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