Olha Halabala, a representative of the Euromaidan headquarters emailed the following statement to press earlier today:
This morning, the chairman of Ukraine’s parliament, Volodymyr Rybak refused to register the opposition draft law on return to the 2004 Constitution, which caused rapid escalation in the situation on Kyiv’s streets.
As of 6pm:
6 people are confirmed dead by the Maidan medical service, around 10 more deathly wounded;
2 people (older man and woman) found dead near the Khreschatyk metro station (on Institutska street);
1 person killed near the National Bank building;
BBC reports that the headless body of one more victim was found near the Parliament building;
14 journalists beaten today;
More than 500 people heavily wounded by grenades, rubber and live bullets.
Kyiv has shut down: all metro stations are closed, central roads blocked, road out of Kyiv blocked;
A state of emergency has been enacted as of 6pm. Everyone who is at the Maidan is the now considered an extremist, according to an official statement of the Internal Ministry;
Maidan crackdown has begun. The police are dismantling barricades at the European square, Ukrainian house and Zhovtvenyi Palace around Maidan are already seized by the government.
Soldiers are using grenades, throwing Molotov cocktails to set the Maidan tents on fire. BBC journalists report that internal troops are armed with AK-47 rifles. Many soldiers are using unnecessary brutal force against people in the streets;
A lot of injured people are in hospitals. Kyiv city hospital No. 17 is caring for more than 70 wounded people, with police presence around the hospital;
"Titushky" (state-sponsored thugs) on Hrushevskogo street have started looting houses and mugging bystanders.
Special Forces are coordinating its activities with armed units of “titushky”. Special Forces snipers are noticed and photographed on house roofs in central Kyiv.
We ask Embassies, European Parliament, PACE, OECD, UN and Government of every DEMOCRATIC country for URGENT REACTION:
Those who are situated in Ukraine, in Kyiv: please come to Maidan, go to the hospitals and jails. Make statements and deliver objective information to your countries media and officials! By your international mandate - protect protesters from human rights violations. We know that people disappear from hospitals, they are beaten and jailed. Ukrainian lawyers often do not have access to injured people.
The Europe must react now by introducing personal financial sanctions against the politicians, who gave these bloody orders, to stop the violence in Ukraine.
Start the urgent international investigation of the unprecedented level of human rights violations happening at this very moment in Ukraine.
4. Urgently delegate your human rights monitoring missions to Ukraine.
The Civic Sector of Euromaidan
I am blown away by how little news coverage is being given to Ukraine right now. I could care less about the Winter Olympics when things like this are happening around the world. A shift in priorities is needed!
My thoughts go out to those in Kiev...
and those in Venezuela...
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