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Police, protesters going back-and-forth for control over Kiev

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 - 01:43

Jan. 22 - As Ukrainian police and protesters continue fighting, the prime minister condemns ''far-right rebels'' for causing the mass unrest. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Ukrainian protesters cheer after the latest molotov cocktail sets a riot police officer on fire. Ongoing clashes continue to leave Kiev choking in tear gas while protesters and police battle for control. At least three demonstrators have been killed -- two of them from gunshot wounds. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov blames the unrest on far-right rebels and radicals. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRIME MINISTER MYKOLA AZAROV, SAYING: "Organized far-right rebels and a radical part of the protest caused mass unrest in central Kiev, attacking police using cold steel arms and explosive substances, setting vehicles and buildings on fire." So far more than 150 police have been injured. It's unknown how many protesters have been hurt. Azarov ordered police to investigate the deaths and crack down on certain protesters. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRIME MINISTER MYKOLA AZAROV, SAYING: "Participants of this unrest cannot be called peaceful protesters or rally participants. They are criminals that must be held responsible for their actions." Control of the city appears to go back-and-forth as protesters and police each take turns attacking and retreating. The demonstrations have gone on for several weeks. President Viktor Yanukovich's decision to shun a trade pact with the European Union and instead turn to Russia for help spurred the protests. Recent legislation cracking down on anti-government protests escalated the unrest this week.

Police, protesters going back-and-forth for control over Kiev

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 - 01:43

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