Riot police and a sniper filmed opening fire at protesters in Kiev
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 00:29
Feb. 20 - Video published by Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty show riot police and a sniper firing from fortified positions in the direction of protesters in Kiev. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Fresh fighting broke out in central Kiev on Thursday, shattering a truce declared by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, as the Russian-backed leader met European ministers demanding he compromise with pro-EU opponents.
A video published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty showed riot police and a sniper firing from fortified positions in the direction of protesters.
A Reuters photographer saw the bodies of 21 dead civilians in Independence Square, a few hundred meters from where the president met the EU delegation, after protesters who have occupied the area for almost three months hurled petrol bombs and paving stones to drive riot police from the plaza.
The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland were to report back in Brussels later in the day to EU colleagues, who will decide on possible targeted sanctions against those deemed responsible for the worst bloodshed in Ukraine's 22 years of independence since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
A Ukrainian presidential statement said dozens of police were wounded or killed during an opposition offensive hours after Yanukovich and opposition leaders had agreed on a truce. Witnesses said they saw snipers firing during the clashes. The Health Ministry said two police were among Thursday's dead.
That raised the total death toll since Tuesday to at least 51, including at least 12 police. Local media said more than 30 protesters were killed in Thursday's flare-up.
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