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Medic: At least 70 protesters killed in Kiev
Yahoo News ^ | 20 Feb 2014 | YURAS KARMANAU

Posted on 02/20/2014 8:58:56 AM PST by mandaladon

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Fearing that a call for a truce was a ruse, protesters tossed firebombs and advanced upon police lines Thursday in Ukraine's embattled capital. Government snipers shot back and the almost-medieval melee that ensued left at least 70 people dead and hundreds injured. Video footage on Ukrainian television showed shocking scenes Thursday of protesters being cut down by gunfire, lying on the pavement as comrades rushed to their aid. Trying to protect themselves with shields, teams of protesters carried bodies away on sheets of plastic or on planks of wood.

Protesters were also seen leading policemen with their hands held high around the sprawling protest camp in central Kiev. Ukraine's Interior ministry says 67 police were captured in all. It was not clear how they were taken. An opposition lawmaker said they were being held in Kiev's occupied city hall.

President Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition protesters who demand his resignation are locked in an epic battle over the identity of Ukraine, a nation of 46 million that has divided loyalties between Russia and the West. Parts of the country — mostly in its western cities — are in open revolt against Yanukovych's central government, while many in eastern Ukraine favor strong ties with Russia, their former Soviet ruler.

At least 99 people have died this week in the clashes in Kiev, a sharp reversal in three months of mostly peaceful protests. Now neither side appears willing to compromise, with the opposition insisting on Yanukovych's resignation and an early election and the president apparently prepared to fight until the end.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: bho44; deathtoll; russia; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
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Civil war has begun...Russia could be next.
1 posted on 02/20/2014 8:58:56 AM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon
They're stuck on stupid unfortunately. Just go home. This will get you nowhere.

Like it or not, The EU will do you know good. Russia is willing to support you for a time.

2 posted on 02/20/2014 9:00:45 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: mandaladon
President Barack Obama stepped in to condemn the violence, warning Wednesday "there will be consequences" for Ukraine if it keeps up. The U.S. has raised the prospect of joining with the EU to impose sanctions against Ukraine...........Another foreign policy success of the Obama administration.
3 posted on 02/20/2014 9:01:52 AM PST by mandaladon (The truth about Benghazi is all I want)
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To: mandaladon
This is all of Putin's making. He's pulling the strings. The Ukrainians want to be free. Let them go, Putin, you KGB thug.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/19/opinion/ghitis-ukraine-sochi/

4 posted on 02/20/2014 9:03:33 AM PST by elhombrelibre
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To: mandaladon

Fearing that a call for a truce was a ruse, protesters tossed firebombs and advanced upon police lines


Fearing a thing, they created it.


5 posted on 02/20/2014 9:04:01 AM PST by cuban leaf
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To: Sacajaweau

There is definitely nothing we can do about the situation.

Lots of people here in the states emotionally screeching “WE GOTTA DO SOMETHING!” but if you ask them what we gotta do, they got nuthin.


6 posted on 02/20/2014 9:05:14 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: mandaladon

so next we invade Ukraine?

Is every problem our problem?

I am not an isolationist but we sure get into a lot of civil wars that have no national interest. A whole lot of “broader humanitarian concerns.”

But I will admit ignorance on this one. Anybody have a brief synopsis on what this conflict is about?


7 posted on 02/20/2014 9:05:14 AM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: mandaladon
Hands off Ukraine, Putin, you KGB thug.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvds2AIiWLA

8 posted on 02/20/2014 9:05:33 AM PST by elhombrelibre
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To: mandaladon

That pos Øbamais learning about all this on the tv news just like you and me . . .


9 posted on 02/20/2014 9:06:54 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: DariusBane
It's not our fight, but it is something that matters.

Here is a link that explains things well enough.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/19/opinion/ghitis-ukraine-sochi/

10 posted on 02/20/2014 9:08:15 AM PST by elhombrelibre
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To: cripplecreek
There is definitely nothing we can do about the situation.

Freedom isn't free, the people are making the first payments

11 posted on 02/20/2014 9:09:43 AM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: mandaladon

Its not a Civil War when one side is being bankrolled by George Soros and the US/NATO. Its called subversion.


12 posted on 02/20/2014 9:12:11 AM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

Thank you for the view from the Kremlin. It is much appreciated.


13 posted on 02/20/2014 9:13:58 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: NativeSon

They are shooting protesters down in Caracas too, but the government has the media under control there with officials in every news room.


14 posted on 02/20/2014 9:14:59 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: NativeSon

They won’t find freedom with the EU either but its all something they need to figure out for themselves.


15 posted on 02/20/2014 9:16:03 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 1rudeboy
Thank you for the view from the Kremlin. It is much appreciated.

You're welcome. Now prove me wrong.

16 posted on 02/20/2014 9:18:04 AM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: DariusBane
Ukraine agreed to enter a trade pact with the EU (probably as a precursor to joining).
Russia was displeased, and made an offer Ukraine "couldn't" refuse.
The Ukrainian president went with the Russian offer.
The portion of Ukraine that wants nothing to do with Russia took to the streets.

That's about it.

17 posted on 02/20/2014 9:18:10 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

Right after you give me a foot massage. /s


18 posted on 02/20/2014 9:18:53 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: elhombrelibre

Damn that’s a mess.


19 posted on 02/20/2014 9:21:48 AM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: mandaladon

Pray for these people. I have a friend who family is there. Wonder if Obama would give them asylum? Probably not, they are Christians.


20 posted on 02/20/2014 9:23:35 AM PST by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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