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Ukraine: Protesters Capture Police as Deadly Clashes Persist; Athletes Quit Olympics in Support
Thursday, February 20, 2014 | Kristinn

Posted on 02/20/2014 12:17:37 AM PST by kristinn

Based on reports via Twitter.

From Christopher Miller, Editor of Kyiv Post:


At least 5 Interior troops captured by protesters and taken behind main stage on maidan. pic.twitter.com/EjDxNLi7r9


Medics just pronounced this man dead on Maidan. I'm here. #Ukraine #euromaidan pic.twitter.com/nawQsAgmd3

At least 20 police captured by protesters and being held behind stage at maidan now. #euromaidan #Ukraine

Protesters stripping captured police of gear, weapons. The police look like kids. None can be older than 20s.

BBC via Twitter: Some Ukrainian athletes to leave Sochi Winter Olympics following "unrest & violence within their country" - Intl Olympic Committee #Kiev

ABC News Moscow reporter Kirit Radia via Twitter:

Ukrainian Bogdana Matsotska withdraws frm #Sochi2014. "In solidarity w the fighters on the barricades...we refuse further performance" #Kiev

Ukrainian skier withdraws from #Sochi2014 over #Kiev killings: "outraged by recent actions of President of #Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych"


TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: russia; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
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1 posted on 02/20/2014 12:17:37 AM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn
following on twitter: Blogary ‏@Blogary_ 1m RT @EastOfBrussels: #Ukraine: captured policemen on #Maidan stage reportedly proclaim that their officers ran away and left them behind... also on live camera: http://espreso.tv/stream I saw a line of 10-20 policemen being marched away by protesters before the twitter post. Lots of dead and injured protesters as well. But the protesters have expanded their territory, and look to be regrouping, gathering rubble in bags, etc. On the twitter feed there was a cartoon of two large men on a rope having a tug-of-war, with two smaller figures caught up in a tangle of rope in the middle. I think that is a good way of looking at the protesters/police. And who know who is behind this and what it will lead to.
2 posted on 02/20/2014 12:22:45 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: kristinn
Thanks kristinn. Stayed up late for this report. You did not disappoint.
3 posted on 02/20/2014 12:24:12 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: kristinn

This is current? Truce not holding?


4 posted on 02/20/2014 12:26:47 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: wiggen

Yes, happening today. The truce did not hold.


5 posted on 02/20/2014 12:32:58 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn

It can’t happen here.


6 posted on 02/20/2014 12:35:38 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: no-to-illegals

You’re welcome.


7 posted on 02/20/2014 12:36:37 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn

http://espreso.tv/stream

Not sure why my earlier post got all messed up. Live feed of the square. They are still moving wounded, and I saw another file of 5 police being led off by the protesters.


8 posted on 02/20/2014 12:42:45 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve

Twitter claims captured 60 police. Police claim leaders fled - leaving their men behind.


9 posted on 02/20/2014 12:45:04 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve

Thank you 21twelve ... current time in Kiev is nearing 11 a.m. Thursday


10 posted on 02/20/2014 12:47:29 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Ukraine&src=hash&f=realtime

Twitter feed. Of course anyone can post anything, so who knows what is true. But:

Claims that police have left - soldiers remain. Announcing from the protest stage that if the protesters try to attack the parliament they will be shot.


11 posted on 02/20/2014 12:51:29 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve

on the live feed am hearing words similar to sniper warnings. Am seeing no snipers in the live feed though. Maybe is a general warning if protesters are privy to live feed or to hearing the speaker.


12 posted on 02/20/2014 12:56:25 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: SpaceBar

Three Ukrainian lessons for the United States
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3124919/posts


13 posted on 02/20/2014 12:59:17 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: no-to-illegals

From the older twitter feeds it sounds like the protesters are blaming the flare-up on police snipers shooting after the “truce”. Lots of seemingly dead protesters were shown on the ground.


14 posted on 02/20/2014 1:01:54 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve
Thanks 21twelve. Am doing some searches and looking for info. Did not find that though. If the police stood down, they may turn around and go back against the soldiers. Looks extremely volatile and many *ifs* in play.
15 posted on 02/20/2014 1:08:02 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: 21twelve

A Russian Minister on PressTV (Iran) blaming the West, saying “the West”(meaning the Obama libs in Washington) are backing the same people that supported the Nazi’s, and blaming Russia and “the Jews” for all of Ukraine’s economic problems.

Wow...
This could get “interesting”, especially if President Spineless Mom-Jeans is threatening things.

On a related note, notice how much NBC has been attacking Russia and Putin in the last two weeks?


16 posted on 02/20/2014 1:10:21 AM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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NBC

from what I watched, it appeared to me as if nbc was supporting putin early and giving him high praise. Has nbc done a 180 or did I miss something?

17 posted on 02/20/2014 1:15:18 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: tcrlaf

“..supported the Nazi’s, and blaming Russia and “the Jews” for all of Ukraine’s economic problems.”

“History may not repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme.”


18 posted on 02/20/2014 1:15:41 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: tcrlaf
_resident Spineless

Also saw report on nbc of our _resident making threats of consequences ... whatever that meant. From obama, who knows. And then there were the flexible comments from obama, on the open mic. Could this be more of obama's flexibility?

19 posted on 02/20/2014 1:20:34 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: wiggen

The latest BBC story just posted says “At least five people have been killed in renewed clashes between police and protestors in central Kiev after a truce agreed on Wednesday broke down. .Some live rounds have been fire but it is not clear by whom. Protestors are throwing petrol bombs, while police are using water cannon.”


20 posted on 02/20/2014 1:22:50 AM PST by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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From Kiev just now RT @egorpiskunov_RT: Our cameraman has been targeted filming out of the window of our hotel. 3 shots fired.they missed.
21 posted on 02/20/2014 1:23:17 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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On twitter: cabinet and officials have evacuated parliment and other buildings. EU officials that were to meet with Ukraine officials today have also left, no meeting.


22 posted on 02/20/2014 1:26:30 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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Police firing at protesters on Instytutska St. before retreating #Ukraine #Euromaidan #Ukraineprotests #Євромайдан


23 posted on 02/20/2014 1:27:24 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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A Reuters alert says a photographer counted 15 bodies at the square covered by blankets.

The live video shows a lot of helmeted people on the platform and in the crowd at the square in Kiev.


24 posted on 02/20/2014 1:27:51 AM PST by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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10 bodies just gathered right in front of my hotel. Many more to come, fighters say pic.twitter.com/5LbuKAusNu


25 posted on 02/20/2014 1:31:55 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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Read a report of police surrendering throughout the area and is one of the reasons buildings are being evacuated. Don’t know how accurate the report is. Also, am wondering if police are surrendering their weapons? Everything could be a ruse though to buy time except for the buildings being evacuated. Is tough finding info. My reports are also relying on twitter feeds.


26 posted on 02/20/2014 1:32:01 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

On twitter said a police lt. said he would now fight with the protesters. Hospital worker just now on stage tearfully speaking, looked like she was giving instructions to the crowd.


27 posted on 02/20/2014 1:35:37 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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More from Christopher Miller:

Proof of police snipers. @KyivPost photographers Pavlo Podufalov just took this photo near Maidan. #euromaidan pic.twitter.com/wEzxP3l6tn


28 posted on 02/20/2014 1:35:59 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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#Ukraine protesters escort captured police from Kiev's Maidan. Leaders say 15 held in nearby police station. pic.twitter.com/7dtpmbIjvE


29 posted on 02/20/2014 1:39:45 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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UKstreamTV
30 posted on 02/20/2014 1:41:49 AM PST by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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Women form a chain to pass rocks towards the frontline Pic: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters #Euromaidan #Євромайдан #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/qTcIqcMTRY">


31 posted on 02/20/2014 1:42:49 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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These babushka are brewing Molotov cocktails Walter White-style. "This is extremism!" one of them told @ChristopherJM pic.twitter.com/AbAREwpj6z">


32 posted on 02/20/2014 1:46:02 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: Dallas59

Thanks.


33 posted on 02/20/2014 1:46:23 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn

I like that photo of the protester helping the cop with a blanket over him. On the live stage they just showed an empty ammo tin - that Russian style that you need the special can-opener to open.

Of course what did the protesters expect? I fear that all of the lives lost in this will be lost for something that they did not know or want to happen.


34 posted on 02/20/2014 1:46:36 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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UKstreamTV

Espreso TV - LIVE

35 posted on 02/20/2014 1:47:05 AM PST by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: kristinn

There was a photo from last night on twitter of three protesters on fire - one fully engulfed. Looked to be an accident where they were prepping the molatovs.


36 posted on 02/20/2014 1:48:27 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve

Including your photo, I’ve counted 11 dead laid out at the medical hut , all from sniper fire today. All corpses being held at the main Medic hut on the Square. Dozens of media got video/photos.


37 posted on 02/20/2014 1:48:50 AM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: kristinn

Thanks so much for the photos on this thread!


38 posted on 02/20/2014 1:49:17 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve; kristinn

Did you notice what the young man held up before he held up the ammo tin? A hand grenade. I wish I could understand what they’re saying because I have no idea where the grenade came from.


40 posted on 02/20/2014 1:51:40 AM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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That is the one - horrible. I thought the same seeing a cop on fire in another photo.


41 posted on 02/20/2014 1:52:25 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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More from Christopher Miller

Bells from St. Michael's Monastery ringing out... bodies everywhere on and around Maidan. Gunfire continues. #EuroMaidan #Ukraine

42 posted on 02/20/2014 1:54:17 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: 21twelve

This is becoming more and more confusing moment by moment. Read from twitter a little while back (Lord, only knows if this is true) that police are setting up ambush areas in the vacated buildings.


43 posted on 02/20/2014 1:58:16 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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Snipers targeting news crews filming from windows, incl @abc's camera. Bullet crashed through window, per @mattmcgarry in #Kiev #euromaidan
44 posted on 02/20/2014 1:59:17 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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A sniper shot out my hotel room window #Kiev, aiming at camera on tripod. #hotelukraine
45 posted on 02/20/2014 2:02:07 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: 21twelve
Of course what did the protesters expect? I fear that all of the lives lost in this will be lost for something that they did not know or want to happen.

Remember the "Arab Spring" in Egypt? Didn't got too well, despite all the cheering from our inept politicians. At best we'll have the same development in Ukraine. At worst....who knows?

46 posted on 02/20/2014 2:02:40 AM PST by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: no-to-illegals

Could be snipers as mentioned in posts.

Guy on stage now looks to be reading messages to people.

Sounds like a name and then something - I imagine something like “21twelve - your mama is looking for you. 21twelve - call your mama”.

Twitter post says 35 dead.


47 posted on 02/20/2014 2:03:42 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: ScaniaBoy

Very few revolutions end up like the American one. Most end up like the French one.


48 posted on 02/20/2014 2:04:39 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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Getty photo: Protesters stockpiling molotov cocktails in #Kiev pic.twitter.com/DUWSpDYT10

Link only. Please do not post photo.

49 posted on 02/20/2014 2:05:06 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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I believe you when you say those (soldiers or police) in evacuated buildings could be snipers. Switched off live feed on my end and am still running searches. Little to nothing appears to be coming forth from those searches. This is the best thing going for information, even though the information is sparse.


50 posted on 02/20/2014 2:08:14 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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