Ukraine mourns protest victims: Death toll rises to 28

Officials in Ukraine on Thursday morning raised the death toll from clashes between police and protesters that rocked the capital city this week to 28, RIA Novosti reports.

Thousands of demonstrators remained hunkered down in the central Independence Square overnight Wednesday, but there was no repetition of the large-scale violent disturbances a day earlier.

The Health Ministry said 287 people have been hospitalized, including 88 police officers, six journalists and four children.

Police say more than 800 people in total were injured in the violence.

Unrest erupted around noon Tuesday as thousands of people marched on the parliament building, where a standoff was taking place over proposed constitutional reforms that the opposition said could provide a way out of the political crisis paralyzing the country.

Ukraine is holding a day of mourning for the victims of the unrest.

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