The sentencing of three far-right activists sparked violent clashes in Ukraine last night leaving dozens of people injured.
The trouble erupted as a large crowd gathered in support of the alleged terror plot defendants who were jailed for six years for trying to blow up a statue of Lenin in 2011.
Among those hurt was the former interior minister and opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko. He was hospitalised in an intensive care ward.
It came as protesters blocked buses carrying police amid ongoing anti-government rallies over the government’s decision not to sign a cooperation deal with the European Union.
“We already said: we won’t be beaten up. We will keep on coming and protesting. We have nothing to protect ourselves with – no clubs, no shields. But we do have dignity,” one demonstrator told euronews.
Our correspondent in Kiev, Angelina Kariakina said: “Even though winter holidays were relatively calm in Ukraine, the situation remains tense. Protesters are determined to take to the streets as soon as the government gives them the slightest reason to do so. The names of those who were using force against demonstrators back in November have not been made public, so the protesters are trying to make policemen responsible for their actions in the most simple way – like forcing them to take off their masks and show their faces.”
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