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Russia ready to accept wounded Ukrainian riot police officers for medical treatment

March 04, 2014, 18:05 UTC+3 NOVO-OGAREVO
The Russian president said Berkut police officers acted in line with the orders they were given and did not violate anything
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Riot police during clashes in Kiev (archive)

Riot police during clashes in Kiev (archive)

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NOVO-OGAREVO, March 04. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is ready to take for medical treatment Ukrainian special task police force Berkut’s officers, who were wounded during the recent clashes with rioters in the country’s capital of Kiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

The Russian president said Berkut police officers acted in line with the orders they were given and did not violate anything.

“They were subjected to gunfire and showered with flaming Molotov cocktails and now they are in hospitals,” Putin said.

He added that human rights activists should go to Ukraine and see how wounded policemen are treated at Ukrainian hospitals, where, according to Putin, they are not only receiving proper medical treatment, but are not fed as well.

“Human rights activists need to pay attention to this,” he said. “We [Russia] are ready to take them (Berkut officers) for medical treatment.”

Putin said that Russia’s ombudsman for human rights, Vladimir Lukin and his colleagues may form the human rights delegation for inspecting the situation with wounded Berkut policemen in hospitals.

Lukin, along with French, German and Polish representatives, went to Ukraine last month to oversee negotiations with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and opposition leaders.

Ukraine’s legitimate president Yanukovych has been ousted in a violent uprising. The Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has taken over and appointed an interim head of state and approved a new government. However, Yanukovych told journalists in southern Russia last Friday that he still remained the legitimate leader of Ukraine.

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