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Sniper Fire In Independence Square In Kiev

20 February 2014

Police are firing live rounds at protesters near Independence Square in Kiev after being "caught off guard".

A "new front line" had emerged around 100 metres from the main square, after protesters pushed their way up a nearby street.

It caused police to "scurry away" to the top of the street, before launching a counter attack.

He said: "Police are hitting back and are shooting -- probably not at random -- but they are shooting with live rounds at the protesters.
"The police seem to have been caught off guard and they're reacting very aggressively and basically just shooting people.

"I've seen at least a dozen people pulled out injured. It's unclear whether there have been any fatalities.

"I do think this is going to be a fairly bloody day."

He added that police have weapons "of every denomination".

"There was, for a brief point, a sniper with a sniper rifle on a tripod and a spotter picking off protesters for a while.

"He now has scurried away up with the rest of the security forces up the road."

The fresh violence comes after Ukraine's president announced a truce with the opposition after violent clashes with riot police killed at least 26 people.

It followed a police assault on the protest camps by thousands of riot police using stun grenades and by water cannon on Tuesday. Demonstrators responded by hurling petrol bombs, fireworks and stones.

Events have appeared to be taking a more sinister turn over the past 24 hours when the government announced an "anti-terror operation" against "extremist groups" it claims have seized buildings and arms and ammunition depots.

President Barack Obama earlier said "there will be consequences" if people step over the line.

Added: Feb-20-2014 Occurred On: Feb-20-2014
By: stancro11
Regional News
Tags: Sniper, Fire, Kiev, Ukraine
Location: Kiev, Kyyivs'ka Oblast', Ukraine (load item map)
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