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Smoke Bombs and Grenades are thrown as the protests turn violent (photo courtesy of the BBC)

Violent protest follows vote on autonomy for Eastern Ukraine

Anti-Autonomy protests that have taken place outside of the Ukraine Parliament today have turned deadly, with one confirmed casualty and many more injured, some critically, at the scene.

In what Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called a “stab in the back”, bloody protests began yesterday that were initially started by a dozen mask clad young men outside the parliament. The protesters soon clashed with police, and took their helmets, shields and weapons, meaning that they were soon as armed as the police.

The police gather to prepare for the violence (photo courtesy of the BBC)

The police gather to prepare for the violence (photo courtesy of the BBC)

The votes, which took place yesterday, were a vote on the autonomy of rebel held Luhansk and Donetsk regions. The protests were held after tensions broke over the underlying thought that the Ukraine were pandering to Russian demands over the fate of the regions.

In the vote on Monday, 265 people were in favour of the proposed deal, which could broker peace in the battle damaged regions. Three main parties, however, voted against.

The name of the man that has died in what has been labelled the worst street violence in the Ukraine since the outbreak of the Civil War in 2014 has not been released. The Interior Ministry have, however, revealed that the man in question was a police officer.

An injured man is loaded into an ambulance (photo courtesy of Reuters)

An injured man is loaded into an ambulance (photo courtesy of Reuters)

Speaking from Kiev, BBC journalist Svyatoslav Khomenko reported on the scenes of the protests; “I saw some people – policemen and firemen – falling to the ground, and some running away from the site, limping. I saw pools of blood just near the wall of parliament.”

These bloody scenes followed explosions caused by grenades that were thrown by rebels.

 

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