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Clashes in central Kiev over — Interior Ministry

August 31, 2015, 17:17 UTC+3 KIEV
At least one person was killed in the clashes
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KIEV, August 31. /TASS/. The protests that earlier moved away from the Verkhovna Rada building further to central Kiev are now over, the press service of the Interior Ministry said.

"The clashes are over. The police and the National Guard continue to provide maintenance of public order in the government quarter," the statement said.

According to the Interior Ministry, information about the victims is ascertained, "at the moment there are reports of two media workers who were injured during the unrest."

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov earlier said a National Guard fighter had died of a bullet wound in his heart sustained during the riots near the Verkhovna Rada building.

More than 3,000 opponents of amending the Ukrainian Constitution from various regions picketed the parliament building earlier on Monday, where the voting was underway on the draft amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution. Then an unknown protester from the crowd threw a grenade at the police cordon near the parliament building.

According to the Interior Ministry, about 100 law enforcers were injured in the clashes near Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, more than 10 police officers are in grave condition.

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