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20.01.2014

Ukrainian opposition gain concessions on draconian laws (Video, online)  ? 183

9:22, — Europa
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However, clashes in the centre of Kyiv have been continuing for the second day.

Clashes between protesters and the police have resumed today near Kyiv's Dynamo stadium. Both sides used stun grenades, stones and Molotov cocktails. Water cannons were used to extinguish equipment and disperse protesters. Police squads on Hrushevsky Street moved dozens of metres forward and returned to the line of burnt buses, Espresso TV reports.

Police fired rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas at night and in the morning, Interfax-Ukraine says.

Ukrainian opposition was reported in the morning to have gained concessions on the scandalous bills adopted by pro-government members of the Verkhovna Rada, RBK-Ukraine reports referring to Andriy Pavlovsky, an MP from the opposition party Batkivshchyna.

The condition for the beginning of negotiations is cancelling the draconian laws on censorship and prosecution. They [the authorities] gave preliminary consent not to print the laws. In this case they won't come into force, the MP said. Opposition plans to annul the laws later, according to him.

We remind that protesters, among them radical activists, went to picket the Verkhovna Rada after the ninth people's meeting. They met the police near the Lobanovsky Stadium. Clashes between radical activists and the police started. Protesters began to set police vehicles on fire. The police used water cannons and rubber bullets. Both sides are reported to have scores of injured people. The US and the EU called to start negotiations involving all sides to solve the political conflict, consider the demands of the protesters and prevent the escalation of violence. President Viktor Yanukovych suggested holding a round-table discussion with opposition representatives.


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