Violent clashes in Ukraine kill at least 14 people
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 01:34
Feb. 18 - At least 14 people are dead after Ukrainian riot police clash with protesters in Kiev, in the worst violence since anti-government protests erupted 12 weeks ago. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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A day of deadly protests in Ukraine.
It's the worst violence Kiev has seen since demonstrations against President Viktor Yanukovich started 12 weeks ago.
At least 14 people are reported dead and scores of protesters and policemen are injured.
At least 14 people are reported dead.
The Ukrainian Prosecutor General said the opposition should take responsibility for the violence. (for the mayhem)
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PROSECUTOR GENERAL, VIKTOR PSHONKA, SAYING:
"Organizers of mass protests will be held accountable. The prosecutor general's office will demand the heaviest punishment both for those who revved people up to take part in today's action, and for those who organized and controlled them."
Ukrainian riot police advanced on Independence Square - using water cannons and stun grenades to push back protesters.
Protesters responded with petrol bombs, fireworks and stones.
The world is watching. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the violence should stop:
(SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY SAYING:
"To restore peace and stability, we urge President Yanukovich to deescalate immediately the situation and end the confrontation at Maidan."
And the fire rages on.
The mass protests have taken on broader issues against the Ukrainian government since they began in November - angered by Yanukovich's decision to forge closer ties with Russia instead of the European Union.
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