Breaking: Live Updates - "Nationalist" Anti-reform Protest Violence in Kiev - Video, Photos, Analysis
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Over one hundred police wounded, police suffered injuries from a grenade blast. At least one reported national guard dead from shrapnel through to the heart.
|Photo: Bloodied helmet from grenade shrapnel|
Their aim was to pressure the government against the passage of today's new constitutional reform bill. Things quickly turned violent, with several injured. Analysis below, following report.
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"Now in the Verkhovna Rada takes anti-constitutional coup. This is an attempt of usurpation of authority. Each deputy, who today vote for the laws proposed by Poroshenko, is a traitor to the public and must be held accountable, "
Video from pro-Kiev Espreso.TV
"Clashes have erupted between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, as deputies gave their initial backing to reforms for greater autonomy in the disputed east of the country.
A loud explosion has been heard. News footage shows objects thrown over the police cordon.
At least 10 people are said to have been injured."
Eyewitnesses say demonstrators tried to break down the fence around the parliament building and police responded with tear gas.
During a noisy session of Ukraine’s parliament, deputies voted by a sound majority to give more autonomy to the disputed areas of Donetsk and Luhansk, currently under control of pro-Russian groups.
This was a clause in the MInsk 2 peace agreement.
"At least 10 police were hurt in the violence when demonstrators tried to break down the fence around parliament.
During a noisy session of Ukraine's parliament, MPs voted to approve more powers in areas of Donetsk and Luhansk under control of pro-Russian rebels.
A fragile ceasefire is in place.
The rebels and Ukrainian forces agreed last week to bring an end to the escalation of violence on 1 September, the day children in the region return to school."
"A grenade was just thrown at servicemen guarding the Verkhovna Rada [parliament]. Several National Guard soldiers have been seriously wounded. Their lives are in danger,"
|Tyahnybok present today, and directly involved in violence|