Live video: Nine dead in Kiev as riots erupt in Ukraine

posted at 2:01 pm on February 18, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Ukraine erupted in violence today as the Euromaidan protests turned deadly. Nine people were killed as demonstrators attack the ruling party’s headquarters. Dozens more were injured in the violence:

At least nine people died Tuesday in protests in Kiev, seven of them civilians and two police, authorities said.

The casualties occurred after protesters set fire to the headquarters of the ruling Party of Regions and as violence roiled the capital for the first time in more than two weeks.

The opposition confirmed five of the deaths — three near parliament and two near a metro station; the Interior Ministry said a policeman died in an ambulance en route to a hospital.

Earlier, an opposition member of Ukraine’s parliament told CNN that three protesters had died and seven others were seriously injured during protests Tuesday in Kiev.

Speaking from the protesters’ medical facility outside the parliament building, Olesya Orobets said ambulances had been barred from the area.

Live video is streaming here:

Police moved in on protest positions as night fell, in what they called an anti-terrorism operation:

Ukrainian police are storming the main anti-government protest camp in the capital, Kiev.

Loud explosions are taking place, fireworks are being thrown and water cannon have been deployed.

During the day, at least nine people were killed, including two policemen, as protesters and security forces clashed in the worst violence in weeks.

Protesters are refusing to leave Independence Square, saying that “Ukraine is behind us … Ukraine’s future is behind us.” The armed conflict could spread to other cities, as the opposition has seized government buildings elsewhere. For the moment, though, it appears the violence is contained to Kiev.

Update: This YouTube video uploaded today depicts Ukrainian protesters singing the national anthem while riot police throw fire bombs in Kiev, according to Maxim Eristavi, a broadcaster in Kiev:

 


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Group reportedly storms Canadian Embassy in Kiev, Ukrainian Interior Ministry says – @RT_com
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canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Are they still pissed off about that goal?

FlyNavy on February 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Ukraine, Venezuela, Iraq, Syria, the world is catching on fire.

rbj on February 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Results for #Kiev

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Kiev&src=hash

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

4 dead in Venezuela and they are imprisoning the opposition.

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Boyo,..I do hope the Water-Cannon Truck is fireProof!!

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

i knew they took it hard when we beat em this past
weekend in hockey, but geez.

ToddPA on February 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Do you think that Putin will wait for the last chord from the closing ceremony at Sochi to start defending the motherland from these protesters? If he doesn’t he’ll blow all the goodwill created by NBC.

Kissmygrits on February 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Ukraine, Venezuela, Iraq, Syria, the world is catching on fire.

rbj on February 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

obama due for another round of golf.

Hillary’s successes from state!

Yeah, she’s a woman!

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

RT ‏@RT_com 2m

#Kiev battlefield: Water cannon, fireworks and Molotov cocktails – LIVE FEED http://on.rt.com/ldo1v9 pic.twitter.com/WYrRPMAKNG

http://rt.com/on-air/ukraine-central-kiev-protest/

https://twitter.com/RT_com

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Ukraine, Venezuela, Iraq, Syria, the world is catching on fire.

rbj on February 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I’ve got an idea! Let’s pass amnesty for all so they can come here and destabilize us too! Genius!

Fenris on February 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Let’s try to get Ukraine and Venezuela in the same room, see what happens.

Akzed on February 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
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US says it is appalled by violence in Kiev, Ukraine; says force will not resolve the crisis – @Reuters
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canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Better send Lurch over…

Del Dolemonte on February 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Only a few more days till the olympics are over and Putin can put this matter to rest.

Murphy9 on February 18, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
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EU enlargement commissioner says Ukraine’s prime minister promised to avoid using guns on protests – @Reuters
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canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Napoleon’s economic control of Europe lasted longer than the EU’s.

mjbrooks3 on February 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM

…was it really caused you think…by an inflammatory video?

KOOLAID2 on February 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Better send Lurch over…

Del Dolemonte on February 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM

He can’t leave, he is afraid of the fire. Besides carbon pollution is more important.

Oil Can on February 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Ukraine, Venezuela, Iraq, Syria, the world is catching on fire.

rbj on February 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

rbj:)
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Syrian civil war
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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: ‘We understand and share the enormous frustration’ Syrian people are suffering – @WestWingReport
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canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:20 PM

You think with Hillary being the most travelled SoS evah this wouldn’t be happening. Boosh, perhaps?

Xanatos90 on February 18, 2014 at 2:20 PM

RT ‏@RT_com 2m

YouTube LIVE FEED: Clashes between rioters & police erupt in #Kiev http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tLf-PTAIYU&feature=share … #euromaidan

Violence in Kiev: Clashes between rioters & police erupt in Ukraine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tLf-PTAIYU&feature=share

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:23 PM

That’s bad enough. Close to home it’s no longer preposterous to think it can’t happen in the U.S. More worrisome, it’s also not preposterous to think the killed protesters would be Republicans/Tea Partiers/Pro-Lifers/etc.

hadsil on February 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

…was it really caused you think…by an inflammatory video?

KOOLAID2 on February 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM

KOOLAID2:

Yes,..the EU Posted a video of Ukraine Chicks Twerking
and made a crude comment,….next thing ya know,

this!!
(snark)

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
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Some 25,000 protestors remained on Independence Square in Kiev after the deadline to leave at 6 pm local time, @AFP reports – @BBCNews
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canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Can someone plug this feed through Sebelious
ACA Website to get a Translation!!
(sarc)

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:28 PM

These foolish protestors. Don’t they know that their biggest threat is really Global Warming Climate Change?

307wolverine on February 18, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Current Time:

9:29 PM
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 (EET)
Time in Kiev, Kyiv city, Ukraine

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:30 PM

MeanWhile,….in Venezuela:

Venezuela political protests, February 2014

Caracas, Distrito Federal, VE
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Protesters flood Caracas after Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez arrested – @Reuters
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Venezuela
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Witnesses say Venezuelan opposition leader Lopez hands himself over to security forces – @Reuters
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canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Dianne Gallagher ‏@DianneG 4m

MT @michaelhayes AP PHOTO: Protester engulfed in flames during clashes with riot police in #Kiev (Efrem Lukatsky) pic.twitter.com/oyNiMe58bf

https://twitter.com/michaelhayes/status/435856463425060864/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:34 PM

it’s also not preposterous to think the killed protesters would be Republicans/Tea Partiers/Pro-Lifers/etc. hadsil on February 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Akzed on February 18, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Quick have Killery hit the ‘RESET’ button.
That’ll fix EVERYTHING.

Missilengr on February 18, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Killary

Missilengr on February 18, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Tweets All / No replies

RT ‏@RT_com 3m

BREAKING: 3 policemen confirmed dead in #Kiev, 135 taken to hospital, 35 badly injured http://on.rt.com/xhz2zu LIVE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tLf-PTAIYU

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:41 PM

I know a lot of you are just making snarky comments for fun relative to Putin and the olympics – but I just gotta throw this out there – I hope most of you actually know that Ukraine is a separate country from Russia now, and Putin is not their leader….

dentarthurdent on February 18, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Hillary’s successes from state!

Yeah, she’s a woman!

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

And don’t forget the clusterfark in Honduras (IIRC?) where they constitutionally removed the president and Dear Liar et al. had a snit. Hillary had no successes at State, was a do nothing senator and as First Lady of the US and Arkansas enabled Bill’s sexual predatory acts.

Her only success was turning $1000 into $100,000 in one year by cattle future trading; and such cunning investing was never tried again.

rbj on February 18, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Blood Drive:

Evgen Vorobiov ‏@vorobyov 47s

#Kiev #Kyi Doctors on Maydan need 100 liters of each: 10% NaCl 0.9%, 0.9% NaCl 0.9%, Dekasan, Rosorbilakt, Sorbilakt TTvia @ukrpravda_news

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Kiev&src=hash

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Ukraine, Venezuela, Iraq, Syria, the world is catching on fire.

rbj on February 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I’ve got an idea! Let’s pass amnesty for all so they can come here and destabilize us too! Genius!

Meh, they don’t have to wait for amnesty. They can be welcomed in as asylum seekers to escape the conflict, as long as they are state dept rubber stamped approved marxists and/or muslims. Then its red carpet time with all the free stuff Bammy’s admin will lavish upon them and planted in free taxpayer provided housing in an unsuspecting small red state community somewhere in flyover country.

hawkeye54 on February 18, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Ukraine is a separate country from Russia now, and Putin is not their leader….

dentarthurdent on February 18, 2014 at 2:42 PM

dentarthurdent:And,..the Swiss never joined the EU!

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:47 PM

I know a lot of you are just making snarky comments for fun relative to Putin and the olympics – but I just gotta throw this out there – I hope most of you actually know that Ukraine is a separate country from Russia now, and Putin is not their leader….

dentarthurdent on February 18, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Two things:

1. Putin is a creature of the old Soviet system and has publically lamented the loss of Russian stature as a result of the break-up.

2. Russia has applied pressure to the Ukraine in an attempt to pull it back into the Russian orbit as much as possible.

The only question is whether or not Putin is willing to let the “investment” go and cut his losses, or does he double down?

307wolverine on February 18, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
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Kiev, Ukraine, public health department says 185 people have sought medical help after clashes – @RT_com
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canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Killary

Missilengr on February 18, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Missilengr: Works both ways,..Reset Button,..yups!:)

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:53 PM

307wolverine on February 18, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Fully understand that.
Just that some comments give the impression of belief that Kiev and/or Ukraine is actually in/part of Russia.

dentarthurdent on February 18, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Anis ‏@TheBlogPirate 45s

After UK, now its Swedish media @Expressen that’s streaming live feeds of protests in #Kiev. #Евромайдан #Euromaidan pic.twitter.com/nI5pooljst

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM

dentarthurdent on February 18, 2014 at 2:42 PM

We do. Those commenters are making an oblique reference to Putin’s brazen attempt to make the Ukraine a Russian satellite state again via the agreement the people are protesting.

wearyman on February 18, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
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Ukrainian television presenter says private channel 5 Kanal TV only available online; ‘live broadcasting has been completely shut down across the country’ – @BBCNews
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canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 2:57 PM

October 2009 poll by FOM-Ukraine of 1,000 respondents, 52% stated they use Russian as their “Language of communication”; while 41% of the respondents state they use Ukrainian and 8% stated they use a mixture of both.

March 2010 poll 65% considered Ukrainian as their native language and 33% Russian. This poll also showed the standard of knowledge of the Russian language (free conversational language, writing and reading) in current Ukraine is higher (76%) than the standard of knowledge of the Ukrainian language (69%). More respondents preferred to speak Ukrainian (46%) than Russian (38%) with 16% preferring to speak both in equal manner.

May 2012 poll by RATING 50% of respondents considered Ukrainian their native language, 29% Russian, 20% consider both Ukrainian and Russian their mother tongue and 1% considered a different language their native language

MAP…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/files/2013/12/Ethnolingusitic_map_of_ukraine.png

sharrukin on February 18, 2014 at 2:58 PM

RT ‏@RT_com 3m

URGENT: Several ambulances rushing around #euromaidan in #Kiev as reports of rioters injured http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tLf-PTAIYU … pic.twitter.com/1xgIPeISVU

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Meh, they don’t have to wait for amnesty…

hawkeye54 on February 18, 2014 at 2:47 PM

You’re right, but my mind avoids acknowledging it. Obama has succeeded in accelerating his “fundamental change”, but it’s easy to ignore in day to day life if you don’t follow politics.

Fenris on February 18, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Fully understand that.
Just that some comments give the impression of belief that Kiev and/or Ukraine is actually in/part of Russia.

dentarthurdent on February 18, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Why would anyone believe that?

Murphy9 on February 18, 2014 at 3:04 PM

That’s bad enough. Close to home it’s no longer preposterous to think it can’t happen in the U.S. More worrisome, it’s also not preposterous to think the killed protesters would be Republicans/Tea Partiers/Pro-Lifers/etc.

hadsil on February 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

A few years ago, I would have dismissed this as crazy talk. Now, not so much…

bofh on February 18, 2014 at 3:04 PM

The whole world is f’d up………………. as usual. Only the dead have seen the end of war.

SC.Charlie on February 18, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Why would anyone believe that?

Murphy9 on February 18, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Because they are dumb!!!!!!!!!

SC.Charlie on February 18, 2014 at 3:06 PM

All over the world people are revolting against oppression, except in the United States where 52% of the people seemingly welcome it.

It’s mind-numbing.

BKeyser on February 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Results for #euromaidan

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23euromaidan&src=hash

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Police advance on EuroMaidan at night after government ultimatum (LIVE UPDATES)
Print version
Feb. 18, 2014, 10:09 p.m. | Ukraine — by Kyiv Post
***************************************************

Live TV feeds are available here:

Live coverage from Espreso TV

Live coverage from Hromadske TV

Live coverage from Radio Svoboda

Coverage from Channel 5 TV

Herman says talks will start only when violence stops

Feb. 18, 10:08 p.m. — Presidential adviser Hanna Herman told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty negotiations between the government and the opposition will only happen once peace is restored. “Negotiations only happen when the force methods of fighting are stopped, when the opposition takes armed people off the streets and when calm is renewed in the country,” said Herman. “There needs to be agreement. What the opposition is doing now, calling further for armed conflict is a great crime against the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian state.” — Katya Gorchinskaya

Police say three officers killed, more than 135 hospitalized

Feb. 18, 10:03 p.m. The number of law enforcement officers killed during the Feb. 18 clashes with protesters in central Kyiv on Tuesday has increased to three, police said. A total of 135 law enforcement officers were hospitalized, 35 of them in serious condition, the Interior Ministry reported. — Iryna Yeroshko

Lviv police stop Kyiv-bound traffic

Feb. 18, 9:56 p.m. — Lviv police are stopping armed people heading for Kyiv. “We have enough forces and resources to affect the situation,” a police supervisor said. Meanwhile, there were unconfirmed reports that protesters were storming the Lviv police office. — Interfax-Ukraine and Olga Rudenko

Report: Police break through eastern barricades on Independence Square, retake occupied Trade Unions building

Feb. 18, 9:52 p.m. — Euan MacDonald, a former Kyiv Post editor, reports that police have broken through the protesters’ barricades on the eastern side of the perimeter on Independence Square. “Tents are burning on the east side of Maidan, it looks like the riot police have broken through the east barricade and forced the protesters back. The forces of the regime are now close to the heart of Independence Square. Fireworks are being launched in the direction of the police attack. A massive wall of flame now forms the eastern front of the Maidan.”

MacDonald also reports that the Trade Unions building, which served as a headquarters for the anti-government protesters, has been retaken by riot police. “The Yanukovych regime is determined to crush the anti-government protests tonight. The people are being forced back further onto the Maidan. The situation is desperate for the protesters on Maidan.” — Mark Rachkevych

Both Kyiv airports working

Feb. 18, 9:51 p.m. — Amid traffic snarls on the ground, representatives of both of Kyiv’s major airports — Zhulany and Boryspil — say that air traffic is working normally and that both airports are open. — Daryna Shevchenko

Reports of Yanukovych, Yatseniuk meeting

Feb. 18, 9:28 p.m. — Channel 5 is reporting that President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leader Arseniy Yatseniuk are meeting tonight in a bid to end the violence and resolve the nation’s political crisis that began on Nov. 21 and that has claimed — counting today’s nine casualties — at least 14 lives already. — Vlad Lavrov

(More………….)
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http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/police-advance-on-euromaidan-following-a-government-ultimatum-live-updates-337067.html

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 3:15 PM

KIEV Current Time:

10:15 PM
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 (EET)
Time in Kiev, Kyiv city, Ukraine

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Sounds like Putin put his foot down and told Yanukovych to go medieval or else.

while riot police throw fire bombs

That’s darkly ironic.

jnelchef on February 18, 2014 at 3:17 PM

it’s no longer preposterous to think it can’t happen in the U.S.

hadsil on February 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Agreed. The level of lawlessness on the part of the elites in the US, with unconstrained bureaucrats ruling with a hammer as if the people were nails, with the executive branch rewriting and changing legislation as if it were written with erasable ink, with the overruling of majority views by activist judges…all this and the disintegration of the middle class through the bipartisan policy of printing money and borrowing forever is taking us straight toward a time where enough people are desperate and angry enough to react violently.

America is not uniquely impervious to social instability of this sort. We’ve avoided it for decades because those on the losing end of political and social debates knew they had recourse to the law and protections for their basic beliefs and freedoms. That no longer seems to be the case, honestly.

All over the world people are revolting against oppression, except in the United States where 52% of the people seemingly welcome it.

It’s mind-numbing.

BKeyser on February 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Sad but true. For now…

xNavigator on February 18, 2014 at 3:18 PM

This can be a US city, or four, if the current whitehouse occupant keeps executive ordering his way around the constitution.

TX-96 on February 18, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Why would anyone believe that?

Murphy9 on February 18, 2014 at 3:04 PM

See the Jimmy Kimmel thread in the green room as to why some people may not know some things…

I’m not naming any names, but I just got the impression from a few of the earlier comments that some people may not know that Kiev is not actually in Russia, and Ukraine is not part of Russia. That’s all.

dentarthurdent on February 18, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
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Ukrainian riot police are moving slowly into Kiev’s Independence Square from the northern end, @Reuters reports
read more on http://www.itv.com

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 3:22 PM

All over the world people are revolting against oppression, except in the United States where 52% of the people seemingly welcome it.

It’s mind-numbing.

BKeyser on February 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Sad but true. For now…

True as long as the government tap into the trough continues to dispense the free stuff to keep the 52% somewhat content…..once it stops, and it will stop eventually, look out.

hawkeye54 on February 18, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Tweets All / No replies

RT ‏@RT_com 2m

BREAKING: 4 police officers confirmed dead amid #Kiev unrest – Interior ministry http://on.rt.com/xhz2zu pic.twitter.com/mHgc2wMoAz

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM

This can be a US city, or four, if the current whitehouse occupant keeps executive ordering his way around the constitution.

TX-96 on February 18, 2014 at 3:19 PM

TX-96: If Hopey keeps his current course:0

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Obama should fly over there and fix it cause this is bad for the environment…

workingclass artist on February 18, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
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Opposition leader urges protesters to defend camp in Kiev, Ukraine; ‘This is an island of freedom and we will defend it’ – @Reuters
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Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
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Ukrainian police say 4 policemen died in Tuesday’s clashes in Kiev; 39 policemen sustained gunshot wounds, more than 100 others injured – @Reuters

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 3:42 PM

ets All / No replies

RT ‏@RT_com 3m

BREAKING UPDATE: Six policemen died of gunshot wounds in #Kiev – Interior Ministry http://on.rt.com/xhz2zu ; LIVE FEED http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tLf-PTAIYU

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Once the de facto Secretary of State, Dennis Rodman, completes rehab, he can be dispatched to the Ukraine to restore order. Dennis Rodman rules. John Kerry drools.

edrebber on February 18, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Cor ‏@Reanimator909 4m

RT @PzFeed: BREAKING NEWS: Protesters take over police headquarters in Lviv, #Ukraine. #KIEV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_LFrMcoEm4

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
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Ukrainian police say 6 policemen killed by gunfire in Kiev – @Reuters
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canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM

I know a lot of you are just making snarky comments for fun relative to Putin and the olympics – but I just gotta throw this out there – I hope most of you actually know that Ukraine is a separate country from Russia now, and Putin is not their leader….

dentarthurdent on February 18, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Read Tom Clancey’s final book to see how this scenario may play out very much to the detriment of the Ukranian people at the hands of the FSB and the Russian military. The U.S. military, NATO, and/or the EU will not come to their aid in real life.

rlwo2008 on February 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
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More: Death toll from clashes in Kiev rises to 14 after Ukrainian police say 6 officers killed by gunfire – @Reuters
read more on trust.org

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 4:01 PM

This is what the world is like without the US in a leadership position.

BTW what does Golf Boy have to say about this?

PattyJ on February 18, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Read Tom Clancey’s final book to see how this scenario may play out very much to the detriment of the Ukranian people at the hands of the FSB and the Russian military. The U.S. military, NATO, and/or the EU will not come to their aid in real life.
rlwo2008 on February 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

The Soviets did a pretty good job on the Ukrainians decades ago…
Which is why a lot of Ukrainians really don’t like the Russians.

dentarthurdent on February 18, 2014 at 4:04 PM

BTW what does Golf Boy have to say about this?

PattyJ on February 18, 2014 at 4:04 PM

King Putt doesn’t care about Ukraine – it’s full of white people….

dentarthurdent on February 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
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Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko has arrived at President Yanukovich’s office for talks, says Klitschko’s spokeswoman – @Reuters
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canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 4:11 PM

RT ‏@RT_com 3m

WATCH LIVE: #Kiev city center burns, 13 dead total, two APC reportedly moving towards square http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tLf-PTAIYU … pic.twitter.com/eLyzdTE8OO

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 4:12 PM

The Soviets did a pretty good job on the Ukrainians decades ago…
Which is why a lot of Ukrainians really don’t like the Russians.

dentarthurdent on February 18, 2014 at 4:04 PM

The problem is that The Ukraine is made up of a mix of ethnic Russians and Ukrainians. I don’t recall the ratio, maybe 40/60 or so.

Russia has been doing to The Ukraine what the Shia have been doing to Lebanon.

slickwillie2001 on February 18, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Tarnopol’, Ternopil Oblast, UA
6m
Reports of protesters in Ternopil, Ukraine, throwing bricks at police department building – @RT_com
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canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 4:29 PM

13 dead.

Murphy9 on February 18, 2014 at 4:31 PM

People dying over political crap. What a shame.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 18, 2014 at 4:37 PM

RT ‏@RT_com 4m

US Ambassador: From this moment on, US holds Yanukovich responsible for everything that happens in #Ukraine http://on.rt.com/xhz2zu

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Putin has a reset button that he uses for situations just like this.

This is what the world looks like without a strong US to stand up to authoritarian tyrants.

Russia. Iran. China. Meet the new bosses.

kcewa on February 18, 2014 at 4:54 PM

The entire world is burning from Kiev to Caracas.

Where is Barack Obama? Playing golf.

But I bet he will give a good speech later.

Marcus Traianus on February 18, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
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Street lights reported out in Kiev as protesters continue to clash with Ukrainian police – @ChristopherJM via @BBCNews
read more on bbc.co.uk

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 5:03 PM

RT ‏@RT_com 2m

BREAKING: Number of killed Ukrainian policemen rises to 7, reports say 12 protesters are dead http://on.rt.com/jw8u93 pic.twitter.com/xY6t26NgfL

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

RT ‏@RT_com 50s

UPDATE: Death toll in Kiev unrest rises to 18, with 11 protesters and 7 policemen killed http://on.rt.com/jw8u93

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

But I bet he will give a good speech later.

Marcus Traianus on February 18, 2014 at 5:02 PM

And he’ll be very concerned.

crankyoldlady on February 18, 2014 at 5:13 PM

October 2009 poll by FOM-Ukraine of 1,000 respondents, 52% stated they use Russian as their “Language of communication”; while 41% of the respondents state they use Ukrainian and 8% stated they use a mixture of both.

March 2010 poll 65% considered Ukrainian as their native language and 33% Russian. This poll also showed the standard of knowledge of the Russian language (free conversational language, writing and reading) in current Ukraine is higher (76%) than the standard of knowledge of the Ukrainian language (69%). More respondents preferred to speak Ukrainian (46%) than Russian (38%) with 16% preferring to speak both in equal manner.

May 2012 poll by RATING 50% of respondents considered Ukrainian their native language, 29% Russian, 20% consider both Ukrainian and Russian their mother tongue and 1% considered a different language their native language

MAP…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/files/2013/12/Ethnolingusitic_map_of_ukraine.png

sharrukin on February 18, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Well, when you FORCE people to use Ukrainian what do you think happens? I lived there and yes, I was FORCED to learn it. Ukrainian is really used in Western part of the country, what used to be Poland until recent times. MOST of the country would prefer Russian, language they were born into and use everyday.

These WESTERN polls are useless.

riddick on February 18, 2014 at 5:13 PM

I’m not naming any names, but I just got the impression from a few of the earlier comments that some people may not know that Kiev is not actually in Russia, and Ukraine is not part of Russia. That’s all.

dentarthurdent on February 18, 2014 at 3:21 PM

I think we all know that but we also know Putin has connections there and some of us believe he would take any opportunity to take the country back. They have resources Russia lost when it became independent.

crankyoldlady on February 18, 2014 at 5:18 PM

These WESTERN polls are useless.

riddick on February 18, 2014 at 5:13 PM

I agree. I think the situation on the ground is a lot more convoluted than most of the western media and politicians want to deal with. I just hope there is a peaceful way out of the situation.

sharrukin on February 18, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Russia has been doing to The Ukraine what the Shia have been doing to Lebanon.

slickwillie2001 on February 18, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I STRONGLY suggest you learn history of the place before you make statements. Ridiculous statements at that. Ukraine SOLD ITSELF, back in the 17th century, to Russia, in exchange for protection against Poland. Its been RUSSIAN land since, don’t care about recent “amnesia” by the Ukraine and the the West. Russia has lost MILLIONS of lives since the “sale” to protect the land, what cost do you guys put on that?

So, I sell you some land, collect the money and be on my merry way. Years later I show up at your door and say, I changed my mind, I am taking the land back. I am sure you will go along with that. /s

If anything, Putin (as much as I dislike the guy) has been way too reasonable.

And maybe you guys can tell me what it is, exactly, that Ukraine will gain by joining EU? They will then be forced to pay market rates for gas and oil and what there is today in terms of exports (to Russia, really) will come to a halt overnight once they are in EU and EU doesn’t really need their crappy stiff.

Will you guys support them financially when they loose their jobs and businesses? As it happened in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy and most any other EU “member” country.

riddick on February 18, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
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Ukrainian riot police enter Kiev’s Independence Square, meet resistance from protesters – @Reuters
end of alert

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Will you guys support them financially when they loose their jobs and businesses? As it happened in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy and most any other EU “member” country.

riddick on February 18, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Eff no. We have enough parasites here. Why would I wanna take on more? This is an internal Ukrainian matter. Not my fight.

307wolverine on February 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
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Spokeswoman: Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko still waiting to meet with president as protests continue – @BBCNews
read more on bbc.co.uk

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 5:31 PM

sharrukin on February 18, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Well, what is not reported here, even by so called “honest” conservative news media, is that Yanukovich gave them amnesty from prosecution in exchange for dispersing and stopping their BS. They said, Yes, we’ll take the amnesty, but we’ll ignore our side of the deal. They then were given a deadline to leave Maidan. They ignored that. They then were given yet another deadline, but before that happened they killed a few cops, 2 cops died of gun shot wounds so far, I am trying to find out how the others died. So, let’s not paint these OWS types as innocent in any way.

City I as born in, Lvov, a crowd attacked local police HQ, all wearing masks and refusing to identify themselves by political party. OWS anyone?

Berku, think SWAT on steroids, already cleared a few central streets as we speak, and are in the process of dismantling the barricades. Snipers are now in play and with 6 cops dead so far I cannot blame them. This will get ugly and soon.

BTW, any reason no one in the West is pointing out that one of the opposition leaders, Klitchko, was asking for German citizenship as recently as 2 weeks ago? Can you imagine a foreigner wanting to be USA president? (Although that has been answered already, I know).

I just wish that HA would at least report the truth instead of copying usual Western news media BS.

Oh, and another BTW, which has not been reported anywhere in the West. They arrested a gang of 14-17 year olds yesterday who were responsible for a number of murders near Maidan in the past few weeks. All murders were made to look like cops did it.

riddick on February 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

City I as born in, Lvov, a crowd attacked local police HQ, all wearing masks and refusing to identify themselves by political party. OWS anyone?

BTW, any reason no one in the West is pointing out that one of the opposition leaders, Klitchko, was asking for German citizenship as recently as 2 weeks ago? Can you imagine a foreigner wanting to be USA president? (Although that has been answered already, I know).

Oh, and another BTW, which has not been reported anywhere in the West. They arrested a gang of 14-17 year olds yesterday who were responsible for a number of murders near Maidan in the past few weeks. All murders were made to look like cops did it.

riddick on February 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Interesting.

That sounds like someone is trying to orchestrate an overthrow because 14-17 year olds don’t behave that way without direction.

sharrukin on February 18, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Correction, all 6 cops died of GUN SHOT WOUNDS.

riddick on February 18, 2014 at 5:36 PM

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