China News Service, February 19th According to foreign reports, a new round of conflict in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on the 18th killed 14 people, and at least 100 others were injured. Ukrainian opposition leader Krishko has arrived at the office of the victorious President Yanukovych and will meet with Yanukovych.
The Ukrainian police have just reported that six policemen were shot and killed in the local violent clashes on the 18th, and the number of deaths in conflict increased to 14. The Ukrainian prosecutor said at least 100 people were injured, the Ukrainian health department said that 185 people “need to receive medical care”, dozens of them were seriously injured.
At the same time, the confrontation on Kiev’s Independence Square continues, with two security forces’ armored personnel carriers heading for the square, and protesters throwing petrol bombs at the vehicles.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon revealed through his spokesperson that he is closely monitoring the development of the situation in Ukraine and reported on the 18th that the casualties caused by the new violent conflict were “serious concerns”. He reiterated that all parties concerned should exercise restraint and prevent further deterioration of the situation.
The EU, the United States, etc. all call for calm parties to the conflict. The purpose of the demonstration was to step down the government of Yanukovych. Russia warned that Ukraine is on the verge of a civil war under the influence of Western intervention.
The TV screen showed that Ukrainian police began to enter the Kiev Independence Square, forcing opposition demonstrators to retreat. The camp of the demonstrators was in flames.
The live broadcast screen showed that the riot police threw flash grenade at a row with demonstrators who burned tents, wheels and wood.
The Ukrainian protest began in November last year, when President Yanukovych refused to sign a major trade agreement with the EU, but instead preferred to establish a closer trade relationship with Russia.
On Sunday, demonstrators have withdrawn from the city halls and other government buildings in Kiev, the capital they had previously occupied, in order to comply with the government’s conditions for pardoning them.
But there are still demonstration camps on the street, and the opposition, which insists that President Yanukovych must step down, warns that if the government fails to deliver on its promises, it will lead to tension.
On the 18th, a parade of tens of thousands of demonstrators tried to advance into the parliament building, but was blocked by several layers of blockades built by police using police cars.
In the violent clashes between the two sides, the demonstrators also attacked the headquarters of the party of President Yanukovych and briefly occupied the building, but soon withdrew under the deterrent of the police.
Responsible Editor: Liu Yang