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About 400 radicals block avenue in Kiev

February 21, 2014, 17:38 UTC+3 KIEV
Vicroty Avenue has been blocked in Kiev by 400 protesters wearing camouflage uniform and masks and armed with batons
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KIEV, February 21. /ITAR-TASS/. A column of radicals numbering about 400 partially blocked traffic on Victory Avenue in Kiev on Friday.

The march was led by people wearing camouflage uniform and masks and armed with batons, an Itar-Tass correspondent reported from the site.

Most of the procession participants were young people. The column moved from central Kiev to Victory Avenue, blocking two of the five lanes. It caused a traffic jam. No policemen were seen there.

In the past few days, 80 people were killed in clashes and shooting in central Kiev, Acting Ukrainian Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko said on Friday in his address to Ukrainian people.

The minister said police again had come under fire opened by rioters. Police complied with the truce terms, but on Friday morning they came under fire opened from the seized building of the conservatory and then from a crowd. Taking into consideration that police had no firearms when they were on duty to ensure public order, the police forces were pulled out. To make it possible for the unarmed policemen to come out with fewer losses, armed law enforcers arrived at the site.

As was earlier reported, 16 policemen were killed in mass disorders, and 130 with bullet wounds were taken to hospitals. Since February 18, a total of 565 law enforcers have been injured, and 410 of them have been hospitalized.

Meanwhile, looting and marauding broke out in Lvov, a city in western Ukraine, after district police stations were besieged, Zakharchenko reported on Friday.

"The 102 police telephone line stopped working. People are in panic and cannot call the police," he said. "Crushing and marauding continue though the power of the people's council is declared there.

"There is nobody to call for help and protection from the militants," he said, appealing to citizens not to be at war against their Motherland.

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