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3 dead, 13 injured as anti-govt protesters rally near Ukrainian military base - Interior Ministry

Published time: April 16, 2014 20:20
Edited time: April 17, 2014 14:31
Mariupol, April 13, 2014.(Reuters / Stringer)

Mariupol, April 13, 2014.(Reuters / Stringer)

Three people were killed and thirteen others injured by gunfire in a confrontation between anti-government protesters and soldiers stationed at a military base in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says.

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Avakov wrote on his Facebook page that three of the anti-government activists that clashed with soldiers at the base had been killed, referring to them as “armed militants.”

At least 63 people were detained overnight following the incident, but 25 of them were then released within hours.

Police “could not charge those 25 people with anything,” Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser, Stanislav Rechinsky, told journalists, as quoted by Itar-Tass.

On Wednesday evening, a group of several dozen protesters arrived at the base, located in the turbulent Donetsk region.

They called on the troops to abandon the base, but the soldiers didn't listen, the demonstrators said.

Instead, the troops opened fire at the protesters, injuring at least four people. One of them took a bullet in his chest and is in serious condition, according to protesters.

Some local media said the protesters were armed with Molotov cocktails, which they used in the confrontation.

Media reports also say that several stray bullets hit two apartments in a nearby resident building, shattered a window, and pierced a gas pipeline.

The crowd retreated after the shooting started. The city’s website said that clashes have moved from the base to surrounding areas, adding that single shots can be heard near the local hospital.

Ukraine’s security service and Mariupol police conducted a joint operation at around 1 a.m. local time, according to Mariupol’s website, detaining dozens of people.

Protester chatter blames unidentified provocateurs for the shooting. Demonstrators say a group of people arrived at the protester-held City Hall of Mariupol and called on people staying there to go to the military base to try to seize it.

Local residents reported military jets flying over the city.

Donetsk region has been gripped by anti-Maidan protests since last week, with activists seizing a number of governmental buildings in several cities and towns.

Mariupol, April 13, 2014.(Reuters / Stringer)

Kiev's coup-imposed authorities announced an 'anti-terrorist operation' involving military units against the protesters, but have so far had little success in the crackdown.

A-Mariupol.(Google map)

Comments (360)

 

Ivan888 13.06.2014 15:01

Jeanie Anderson 17.04.2014 21:25

1) The U.S. sent troops to Iraq only because of Kuwait's need to resist the aggressors.
2) the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York that was caused by Middle Eastern terrorists (Al Quada)... the U.S. retaliated, as almost any country would have done.

  

1. USA encouraged Iraq invasion of Kuwait as a trap to justify USA cruel vicious aggression.
2. Iraq & Afghanistan had NOTHING to do with Twin Towers thing.
3. Most countries would not do what the USA has done. We are the worst bunch.



 

Ivan888 13.06.2014 14:47

Jeanie Anderson 17.04.2014 20:00

Russia has a history of assassinations and murders of her ruling class such as the Tsars ... Putin must improve your economy, or class envy will (continued)

  


The assassinations of Czars was done by apostate Christian Israel Britain & USA guided by Talmudic doctrines. They worked together to bring WW1, the Communist revolution on Russia, WW2 and most every war in the world for over 200 years.
Now they are at the gates of Moscow intending to destroy Russia.

 

Ivan888 13.06.2014 14:38

andy 18.04.2014 11:56


... Russia was the one in ukraine who invaded Crimea, send large number of soldiers to back up voting wich can be compared North-Koreas elections. Why did they want Crimea but dont want East Ukraine? Both have plenty of russian speaking people... Still you havent told what would USA want out of Ukraine? plz Educate me.

  

1. Russia not invade Crimea.
2. Russia let USA terrorist hijackers seize Kiev, keep Kiev & wage war on East Ukraine.
3. Russia made East Ukraine believe they could join Russia like Crimea.
4. USA seeks to destroy Russia via Ukraine.

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