Elite police detained in Ukraine

Last updated 20:54 03/04/2014
Ukraine protests
Reuters
FIERY UNREST: A pro-European integration protester throws stones towards riot police as others take cover in Kiev.

Related Links

Crimea goes east, Ukraine goes west Russian troops seize Ukraine marine base Former Ukraine leader to run for president Outgunned Ukraine looks to overhaul military Russia could take Ukraine within 5 days Migrants watch Ukraine's struggles

Relevant offers

Europe

Ukraine accuses Russia of 'undisguised aggression' Scottish independence gains ground British terror suspects may be stripped of passports Paris building blast toll reaches 8 Seriously ill boy's parents fight extradition Putin calls for talks on east Ukraine 'statehood' Iceland cuts volcanic ash warning level Seriously ill British boy found in Spain Child killed in Paris suburbs building explosion Russia and Ukraine hand back prisoners - Russian news agencies

Authorities in Ukraine say they have detained several members of an elite riot police unit on suspicion of shooting protesters during bloody anti-government clashes in February that left more than 100 dead.

Acting Prosecutor General Oleh Makhnitsky told reporters those detained include the head of a company in the Berkut riot police which allegedly handed out weapons for use against demonstrators.

 A government report was to be released later Thursday on the events on February 18-20. 

Days after those killings, President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital, precipitating the fall of his government.

The identity of the snipers is disputed.

The interim government says Yanukovych ordered snipers to be deployed.

Opponents of the current leadership say snipers were organised by opposition leaders trying to whip up outrage.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content