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Graphic Content: There Is No Truce In Ukraine, Only Live Ammo Rounds

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Slade Sohmer


By Slade Sohmer on February 20, 2014


About 100 people have been killed and 500 more injured in Ukraine since Thursday morning, according to the head of the protesters’ medical service. (Other estimates from the ground in Kiev put the number at 60-70.)

Truce? What truce? Warning: This video of anti-government demonstrators being shot at with live rounds is graphic, and heartbreaking:

What started out as once-voiceless Ukrainians protesting President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision in November 2013 to scrap a landmark deal with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia has evolved into several months of intense subzero street skirmishes, with patches of bloody clashes between demonstrators and state police. Now, the whole world is watching what is unfolding in Kiev. More than 125 people have been killed over the past 48 hours. The Interior Ministry says 67 police officers have been “captured” by protesters, according to the AP.

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Radio Svoboda, the Russian service of Radio Free Europe, uploaded this video of government snipers taking aim at the protesters:

The White House released a scathing statement, via Jay Carney:

We are outraged by the images of Ukrainian security forces firing automatic weapons on their own people. We urge President Yanukovych to immediately withdraw his security forces from downtown Kyiv and to respect the right of peaceful protest, and we urge protesters to express themselves peacefully. We urge the Ukrainian military not to get involved in a conflict that can and should be resolved by political means. The use of force will not resolve the crisis — clear steps must be taken to stop the violence and initiate meaningful dialogue that reduces tension and addresses the grievances of the Ukrainian people.

The United States will work with our European allies to hold those responsible for violence accountable and to help the Ukrainian people get a unified and independent Ukraine back on the path to a better future.

A protesters shows the face of a victim killed in clashes with police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Fierce clashes between police and protesters in Ukraine's capital have shattered the brief truce Thursday and an Associated Press reporter has seen dozens bodies laid out on the edge of the protest encampment. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

A protesters shows the face of a victim killed in clashes with police in Kiev’s Independence Square, the epicenter of the country’s current unrest, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Fierce clashes between police and protesters in Ukraine’s capital have shattered the brief truce Thursday and an Associated Press reporter has seen dozens bodies laid out on the edge of the protest encampment. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Activists  pay respects to protesters who were killed in clashes with police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Fierce clashes between police and protesters, some including gunfire, shattered a brief truce in Ukraine's besieged capital Thursday, killing numerous people. The deaths came in a new eruption of violence just hours after the country's embattled president and the opposition leaders demanding his resignation called for a truce and negotiations to try to resolve Ukraine's political crisis.   (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Activists pay respects to protesters who were killed in clashes with police in Kiev’s Independence Square, the epicenter of the country’s current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Fierce clashes between police and protesters, some including gunfire, shattered a brief truce in Ukraine’s besieged capital Thursday, killing numerous people. The deaths came in a new eruption of violence just hours after the country’s embattled president and the opposition leaders demanding his resignation called for a truce and negotiations to try to resolve Ukraine’s political crisis. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

[banner photo via AP/Efrem Lukatsky]
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