Maidan: "I came because I couldn’t not come"
Several thousand Berkut or Interior Ministry troops stormed the barricades in the centre, with people singing the national anthem, chanting “Police with the People” and “Together to the end”. People have been arriving through the night to defend Maidan
Freedom House: President should resign, sanctions warranted if more violence against protesters
Further use of force by Ukrainian authorities should lead to the immediate imposition of targeted sanctions by the United States and European Union against Ukrainian officials responsible for such actions
While attention has deservedly been paid to the excessive use of force which the Berkut riot police have applied against peaceful protesters, other measures, including the worrying detention and criminal charges against 9 demonstraters are also aimed at crushing the protest and are equally unacceptable.
Hundreds Injured in Kiev as Riot Police Crack Down
“Ukraine is going through serious civil unrest,” saidRachel Denber, deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “No matter how difficult the situation becomes, police shouldn’t be beating people who pose no threat.”
A dangerous stunt acted out by provocateurs and the Berkut riot police on Sunday outside the president’s administration on Bankova St has taken a sinister turn. On Dec. 3, 9 men, five of them still in hospital after being badly beaten by the riot police, were remanded in custody for 2 months
Lawyers call on colleagues to help beaten peaceful protesters
The Ukrainian Bar Association [UBA] has initiated a legal aid centre for participants in peaceful protests aimed at ensuring that victims of unlawful action by the police are given swift and professional help.
OZON: On where the police were and weren’t on Dec 1
The authorities failed to safeguard freedom of peaceful assembly during the mass demonstration on Dec. 1 and concentrated police in certain areas, leaving a huge number of people with almost no officers responsible for maintaining law and order
No Provoking a State of Emergency
If the clashes provoked by masked young men on Sunday were aimed at justifying imposition of a state of emergency, they will encounter major difficulties. As well as clear evidence of deliberate provocation, there are also legislative hurdles.
Notorious provocateur Korchynsky behind the Presidential Administration violence
“Korchyns’ky is widely considered an agent provocateur, and his "Bratstvo" already took part in several actions that were meant to provoke police suppression of peaceful protests
Bohoslavska points finger at Party of the Regions for provocation
MP Inna Bohoslovska, who left the Party of the Regions faction on Nov 30 in protest over the violent dispersal of EuroMaidan, has said that the provocation on Bankova St, near the President’s Administration could have been organized by the Party of the Regions, like those on May 18 and last week
Lenin between Berkut and Provocateurs
The two worst confrontations on Sunday involved young men wearing masks. It is not clear who was behind the attempts to destroy the statue to Lenin on Taras Shevchenko Boulevard, but it seems likely that the purpose was to cause trouble
Deliberate attempt to provoke disturbances?
Extremely worrying reports are coming through suggesting attempts to provoke disturbances during the huge and peaceful EuroMaidan demonstration now underway in Kyiv. The civic initiative OZON warns of a suspicious lack of police officers where they are needed, leaving provocateurs a free hand.
Around 200 thousand arrive on Khreshchatyk
A huge number of Ukrainians have arrived on Khreshchatyk, bearing the Ukrainian flag. They are hearing towards Maidan Nezalezhnosti in defiance of the court ban issued during the early hours of Sunday morning
Court Ban vs President’s Words
Ukraine’s leaders and public officials continue to demonstrate blithe disregard for glaring discrepancies between words and actions. The Kyiv City Administration has just applied for and received a court ban on demonstrations in the centre of Kyiv from Sunday, Dec 1 to Dec. 7
Ivano-Frankivsk EuroMaidan organizer brutally assaulted
In Ivano-Frankivsk EuroMaidan organizer, Maxim Kytsyuk was brutally attacked. He was set upon by three men at around three a.m on Nov 30 and received head and leg injuries.
Growing anger and pitiful attempts by Ukraine’s leaders to shift the blame
Both Yanukovych and prime minister Azarov have tried to absolve themselves of any responsibility. There are, however, signs of schism within the Party of the Regions with three MPs – Bohoslovska, Zhvania and Tihipko – having left the party faction in protest.
Not Cowered: Lviv EuroMaidan
Up to 10 thousand people came out onto Lviv EuroMaidan on Saturday however nobody can believe the authorities’ assurances anymore that no new violent offensive is planned, and there have been calls for women and children to not stay overnight
International Renaissance Foundation breaks off collaboration with Ukrainian authorities
“After the brutal dispersing of EuroMaidan, we consider collaboration with the Cabinet of Ministers, the President and his Administration profoundly immoral and therefore unacceptable”.
"Real Prospect of a return to totalitarian days"
The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine and the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities [VAAD] have issued a joint statement in response to the dispersing of a peaceful demonstration on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv on Nov 30
UHHRU calls for President’s Impeachment and Dismissal of Government
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union is appalled by the cynical and senseless violence demonstrated during the unlawful dispersing of the peaceful protest on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv and other acts of violence throughout the country