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Two dead in Kharkiv violence

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 01:04

March 15 - Two men, described by police as pro-Russian demonstrators, were shot dead in a fight in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Two people were killed in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv late on Friday, in clashes involving Russian nationalists, local media said. The two men, aged 21 and 30, were killed by buckshot when pro-Russian demonstrators besieged an office of the far-right Ukrainian nationalist group Right Sector, which rose to prominence fighting riot police in Kiev over the winter. Police said 32 Right Sector activists and six pro-Russian demonstrators were detained and a number of weapons seized. A spokesman for Right Sector in Kharkiv said his group had been besieged in their office overnight by pro-Russian activists firing shotguns and rifles and throwing petrol bombs and stun grenades. Kharkiv governor Ihor Baluta, newly appointed by the interim authorities in Kiev, said the "well-planned provocation by pro-Russian activists" began when unidentified men in a minibus provoked a confrontation with pro-Russia demonstrators and then drove off. When pursuing demonstrators caught up with the vehicle, it was parked outside the nationalists' building. A Right Sector spokesman, quoted by Interfax-Ukraine news agency, said his group had taken no part in the initial clash and believed the minibus was left outside its office by others.

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Two dead in Kharkiv violence

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 01:04