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Over 50 killed in riots, says ombudswoman, Svoboda party claims over 60 dead

20-02-2014 17:30

Over 50 people have been killed in riots in the centre of Kyiv, Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Human Rights Commissioner Valeria Lutkovska said.

"A horrible tragedy has been happening on the streets in Kyiv and other cities of Ukraine. Information that I have indicates that about 50 people have been killed as of today, but there have been reports that there are many more victims. Hundreds of people have been hospitalized," Lutkovska said in a statement on Thursday. Lutkovska said she had personally inspected a number of hospitals in Kyiv. "They are packed, there are dozens of people with gunshot wounds there," she said. Meanwhile member of the Svoboda (Freedom) party faction in Ukraine's parliament and the chief of the National Resistance Headquarter's medical service Sviatoslav Khanenko has said, citing preliminary information, that over 60 people jad been killed in Kyiv on Thursday alone. "According to preliminary reports, over 60 people had been killed as of 1520 today, on February 20, 2014, alone," Khanenko said. "They are using ordinary combat and armor-piercing bullets, and they are shooting to kill, aiming at the head, neck, chest, and stomach. The main places of concentration of those killed and injured are on Instytutska Street, near Freedom Palace (the former Zhovtnevy Palace), the Ukrayina hotel, and near the Kozatsky hotel on Mykhailivska Street. A female volunteer medical worker has also been gravely wounded in her neck," the Svoboda press service cited Khanenko as saying.