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Nation-wide antiterrorist operation launched in Ukraine

February 19, 2014, 18:16 UTC+3 19
25 people have been reported killed in the clashes between rioters and law enforcers
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KIEV, February 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s security service and anti-terrorist centre have made a decision to launch a nation-wide counter-terrorist operation, the Ukrainian Security Service said.

Earlier it was reported that casualties have reached 25 people in the clashes between rioters and law enforcers in Ukraine’s capital. Eight of them died at hospitals, four died at a hospital of the Interior Ministry, 13 dead people were brought to the Kiev forensic expertise bureau.

Nine Ukrainian law enforcers died of gunshot wounds. 371 policemen turned for medical aid in departmental medical institutions, 349 of them were taken to hospital.

Presidential statement

Earlier on Wednesday, President Viktor Yanukovich made an address on the official website saying that Ukrainian opposition has crossed the line, when they urged people to take up arms and this is “blatant violation of the law.”

“Proceeding from this, I urge once again opposition leaders, who claim that they are seeking for peaceful settlement, to separate immediately from those radical forces, which provoke bloodshed and clashes with law enforcement agencies. Otherwise, if they do not want to go away, they should admit that they support radically minded forces. And then other talks will be held with them,” the president said.

He also noted that opposition leaders had neglected the main principle of democracy that people come to power only at polling stations, not in streets and squares. “I said many times to them (oppositionists) that election will be held soon. If people place trust in you, you will be in power. If they don’t do it, you won’t be in power. But all this should take place lawfully according to the constitution,” Yanukovich noted.


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