67 confirmed dead in Ukraine violence

Feb 21, 2014, 08:38 IST | Agencies

67 people killed in three days of violence between protesters and police in Ukranian's capital city Kiev

Kiev: At least 67 people have been killed in three days of violence in Ukranian capital city, the Kiev City Administration confirmed on Thursday, adding 551 people suffered injuries of which 332 have been hospitalised since Tuesday.

Demonstrators hold candles, placards and Ukrainian flags in support of Ukrainian protesters on February 20, 2014. Pic: AFP

There were 22 bodies of other demonstrators in a camp where medics treat wounded activists, Xinhua quoted witnessing telling a TV channel.

Moreover, the country's Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko said that at least 13 police officers have been killed and 67 captured by radical demonstrators since Tuesday.

Zakharchenko also said that police had been issued with combat weapons and would use them "in accordance with the law" to defend themselves.

Protests in Kiev began in November after President Viktor Yanukovych backtracked on a trade deal with the European Union and rather preferred a 15 billion dollars bailout from Russia. They turned violent in mid-January and have been remarkably escalating this week.

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