RIOTS IN DOWNTOWN KYIV – ongoing updates.
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.
Right now, clashes continue between protesters and law enforcement, aided by titushkas [hired thugs]. The police used traumatic weapons and stun grenades. As of 15-30, Kyiv time, several protesters are dead, dozens injured.
Events of this morning (between 9 am and 11 am):
Maidan activists are planning to walk in a large procession to the Verkhovna Rada [Parliament], which today [18.02.2014] is expected to make decisions that will be critical for the country.
Earlier, “mobilization” for the peaceful advance was scheduled for 8:30.
Meanwhile, files of people are walking to the Mariyinsky park…
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