Ukraine riot police break up pro-Europe protests

Ukrainian riot police used batons and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of pro-Europe protesters early on Saturday after a night of violence in Kiev following President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision not to sign a landmark pact with Europe, Reuters reports.

Black-helmeted police moved in on protesters camped on the capital’s Independence Square, first firing grenades to disorient them and then wading in with batons, witnesses said. Police units chased several protesters into side-streets.

A total of 35 people were detained for resisting police, the interior ministry said.

There were no hard figures for how many people may have been hurt though the opposition said there could be as many as a hundred.


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