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Ukraine: death toll after clashes rises to three

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By Euronews  with AFP, APTN
Ukraine: death toll after clashes rises to three

The Ukrainian President has visited those injured in Monday’s violent clashes in Kiev.

The authorities now say three police officers were killed.

141 people were injured, some seriously.

Officer Roman Perekos was one of them: “Everything started when protesters began to beat police officers with wooden batons with nails in them. Then I heard a grenade exploding. When I came round, my arm was broken and my leg was bleeding.”

Nationalists clashed with police as the parliament in Kyiv debated granting more autonomy to the disputed regions in the east.

The Euronews correspondent in Kyiv, Maria Korenyuk, said: “The Prosecutor’s office has already launched criminal proceedings regarding the violent events outside the Ukrainian Parliament. Police detained 18 people, including a person suspected of throwing a grenade at police officers. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called for life imprisonment for the person found responsible.”

President Petro Poroshenko says this is all about political point-scoring: “Unfortunately we are debating constitutional change during the election campaign. And in any country, unfortunately, politicians try to play this game, namely of gaining additional political capital for the election. This is not in the interests of the country. More than 70% of Ukrainian people support the changes to the constitution and decentralization”.

Locals have gathered to lay flowers and light candles at the place where the fighting broke out.