23 January 2014, 09:14

Unrest in Kiev has entered its fifth day as protesters pelt police cordons with stones and Molotov cocktails, and police retaliate with flash grenades and rubber bullets. Over two hundred protesters and police have been injured in violent clashes.

Read VoR's live updates on the situation in Ukraine, Kiev: Clashes in Ukraine: protesters throwing rocks, police responding with tear gas. LIVE UPDATES

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  • 04:43
    Opposition leaders agreed with the decision to stay gathered on the street, but required to maintain discipline and order.
  • 04:22
    After consulting protesters on Independence Square, leaders of the opposition rejected the government’s terms that evolved from the negotiations. They promised to continue talks and keep violence in check.
  • 02:10
    Ukrainian opposition and the government have agreed to end the violent standoff and release arrested protesters, Klitschko told protesters on Grushevskogo Street.
  • 01:53
    Ukrainian opposition leaders announce ceasefire until morning.
  • 01:26
    There is a "high" chance of finding a solution to end the bloodshed in Ukraine, the leader of the opposition Fatherland party, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, said after talks with President Viktor Yanukovych. "We had the task of halting the bloodshed. The chance (of this) is very high," Yatsenyuk said after he emerged with two other opposition leaders from several hours of talks.
  • 01:10
    A Ukraine opposition spokesman says chances to end violence high after meeting with president.
  • 00:19
    US Vice President Joe Biden called Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych Thursday to urge him to find a peaceful resolution to the country's political crisis after deadly violence between government forces and protestors.
  • 23:20
    The United States on Thursday welcomed plans for talks between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders after five days of deadly clashes between protesters and security forces.
  • 23:09
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to repeal anti-protest laws, her office said Thursday.
  • 22:18
    Ceasefire called for duration of talks between officials and opposition expired at 1800 GMT, no violence so far.
  • 22:14
    Whte House says it will consider taking sanctions against Ukraine in response to government violence against protestors.
  • 22:02
    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and German Chancellor Angela Merkel talked on the telephone on Thursday, the press office of the Ukrainian leader said in a statement: "During the telephone conversation Viktor Yanukovych and Angela Merkel discussed issues of peaceful resolution of the political crisis and ways to stabilize the situation in Ukraine."
  • 21:52
    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, members of the working group of the political crisis resolution and leaders of the opposition parliamentary factions are meeting in the presidential administration office on late Thursday.
  • 21:02
    Police do not use bullets that killed 2 protesters, Kiev officials say
  • 20:53
    President Viktor Yanukovych insisted on Thursday that foreign countries "stop fighting each other for control of Ukraine."
  • 20:03
    Vitali Klitschko, Oleh Tyahnybok and Arseniy atsenyuk have arrived at the presidential administration building where they are expected to discuss the political crisis in Ukraine with the country's President Viktor Yanukovych.
  • 20:02
    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has ordered the law enforcement authorities to immediately check all instances of reporters' detention, to probe all the circumstances and to release the journalists.
  • 19:31
    Emergency Verkhovna Rada meeting to be held on January 28 at 10 am, according to Ukrainian parliament speaker.
  • 18:40
    Lviv regional state administration chief Oleh Salo will complain to prosecutors after being forced to write a letter of resignation, the administration's press office said.
  • 18:40
    "Viktor Yanukovych told Jose Manuel Barroso about his conversation with Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Rybak. According to the head of state, an extraordinary parliament session will be held in Ukraine in the next few days to consider all the issues that were raised during talks over peaceful settlements of the conflict," the Ukrainian president's press office said.
  • 18:26
    Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said he is convinced that what is now happening in Ukraine is a coup attempt. Azarov also said that it is absolutely unrealistic to hold early presidential elections in the country now.
  • 17:46
    Several hundred residents of the Ukrainian city of Rivne have entered the building of the Rivne regional administration, demanding a meeting with senior officials, local online-based media outlets said.
  • 17:19
    Viktor Yanukovych has proposed Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Rybak to hold an emergency parliament meeting to resolve the political crisis in the country immediately.
  • 16:34
    Moscow confirms readiness to hold trilateral Russia-Ukraine-EU consultations
  • 16:11
    Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has asked the leaders of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama, to initiate negotiations in Ukraine where confrontations between the opposition and the police have been ongoing for several days.
  • 16:10
    Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has postponed a visit to Ukraine planned originally for May 2014 due to political instability in the country, the Bulgarian presidential website has reports.
  • 16:09
    The heads of the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian parliamentary international affairs committees, Marko Mihkelson, Ojars Eriks Kalnins, and Benediktas Juodka, issued a joint statement on Thursday to call on the European chiefs of state to denounce the use of force in Kiev.
  • 16:09
    Catherine Ashton, high representative of the European union for foreign affairs and security policy and vice-president of the European Commission, will visit Kiev next week, European Commission official Olivier Bailly told a press conference in Brussels on Thursday.
  • 16:08
    Andrei Kiselyov, a journalist of the Russian web publication Lenta.ru, who was detained while covering the ongoing events in Kiev on Thursday morning, has been released from a police department.
  • 16:07
    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych have had a phone conversation. During the phone conversation, Barroso expressed concerns about the current situation and called for an immediate high-level dialogue, European Commission official Olivier Bailly told a press conference in Brussels on Thursday. No other details of the conversation were reported.
  • 16:02
    The Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) said the situation in Kiev can have a negative impact on the summer season in Crimea. "Now accommodation facilities and their owners are sitting on the fence. They watch the situation in Kiev that is why they do not hurry to present prices. To date, not more than 50% of accommodation facilities present prices," the official added.
  • 16:01
    Klichko said the talks would continue until 20:00 hours EEST, or 18:00 hours GMT. He promised to return to Grushevsky Street upon their completion.
  • 16:01
    Leaders of Ukraine’s irreconcilable opposition Vitaly Klichko, Arseny Yatsenyuk and Oleg Tyagnybok are expected to continue talks with the authorities regarding political settlement of the dragged-out crisis in the country, Klichko, the leader of UDAR party told a crowd of protesters after a meeting with officers of the Berkut riot police unit on Grushevsky Street.
  • 16:00
    Ashton will visit Kiev next week - European Commission official
  • 16:00
    Protesters occupy Lviv region's administration building
  • 15:25
    After the clashes in Grushevsky Street a total of 254 law enforcers asked for medical assistance, including 104 who were hospitalized, it said. The victims were diagnosed with brain injuries, bone fractures, skin burns, stab wounds and poisoning by unidentified poisonous stuff, the Interior Ministry said in an updated report.
  • 15:24
    More than 250 law enforcers have been injured in Kiev during four days of clashes with the radical members of the opposition who attempted to break through to the government buildings, the Interior Ministry reported Thursday.
  • 15:24
    "Military detachments remain in their permanent deployment positions, fulfilling their direct duties," Ukraine's Defense Ministry said in a statemnet.
  • 15:23
    Ukraine's Defense Ministry denied media reports on Thursday that military forces were on alert to enter the country’s capital, Kiev, as the authorities planned a state of emergency. "Media reports on the preparation of military forces for the introduction of a state of emergency are untrue," Col. Alexander Motuzyanik, an acting head of the ministry’s press service, said.
  • 14:51
    Kiev protesters and the police have agreed on a temporary truce until 8pm local time on Thursday at the request of UDAR party leader Vitaly Klitschko. Read more here
  • 14:42
    Kiev protesters and the police have agreed on a temporary truce until 8pm local time at the request of UDAR party leader Vitaly Klitschko.
  • 14:19

    Ukrainian officials say that riot police units can only use rubber bullets and smoke boxes against protesters who throw molotov cocktails.

  • 14:12

    Here are photos of events in Kiev, Ukraine


    Photo: Voice of the Capital ("Golos Stolitsy")


    Photo: Voice of the Capital ("Golos Stolitsy")


    Photo: Voice of the Capital ("Golos Stolitsy")

  • 13:49
    Protesters are hurling stones at police and are beating homemade drums. A new launching device is much smaller than that the police had destroyed on Wednesday.
  • 13:49

    Protesters continue keeping up high flames from car tires in Grushevsky Street in front of the cordon of Berkut police commandos, who failed to put out the fire yet, because protesters are constantly bringing new car tires from European Square.


    Photo: Voice of the Capital ("Golos Stolitsy")


    Photo: Voice of the Capital ("Golos Stolitsy")


    Photo: Voice of the Capital ("Golos Stolitsy")

  • 13:48
    The center of the Ukrainian capital is enveloped in black smoke, as protesters are burning down car tires and have built another launching device.
  • 13:40
    Protesters in Ukraine should realize that it is wrong to bear arms against police, Russian Vice-Premier Arkady Dvorkovich said at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday. Protest actions should be peaceful, Dvorkovich said. "I believe that people should think twice what they’re doing. I hope that the parties will sit down to the negotiating table and find a solution, which will satisfy everyone," the Russian vice-premier said. "Ukraine is Russia’s neighbor and partner. Our countries have been integrated since the USSR times. Several Russian companies can’t exist without Ukrainian firms and vice versa," he said, adding "Russia is ready to discuss the situation both with Ukraine and the European Union."
  • 13:09
    "Wounded people were diagnosed with head injuries, bone fractures, burns, lacerated wounds and poisoning with unclear substances," the police press service said.
  • 13:09
    Number of policemen wounded in Kiev riots rises to 218
  • 12:43
    Over 150 injured in Kyiv clashes - official reports
  • 12:26
    Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves believes the Ukrainian authorities are responding with violence to peaceful protesters, who are throwing molotov cocktails and set on fire Kiev streets.
  • 12:05
    Human Rights Council head urges Ukraine to set free Russian reporter
  • 11:28
    11 protesters detained during recent riots on Kiev's central Grushevsky Street have been remanded into custody and another five have been put under house arrest, a spokesman for the Kiev Prosecutor's Office said on Thursday. Pre-trial restrictions have already been imposed on 26 suspects as part of a criminal investigation opened into the clashes on Grushevsky Street.
  • 11:16
    There are rumors spreading in Ukrainian media that the government is planning to declare a state of emergency and cut phone, internet and TV broadcasting services in some parts of Kiev starting January 24. Some opposition activists claimed they had problems using mobile phones and accessing internet in downtown Kiev as early as on January 22.
  • 10:47
    The movement's leader Ivan Protsenko brought a written message to the US Embassy, demanding that there should be no interference in Ukraine's domestic issues. He believes that a US-funded "color revolution" project is being implemented in Ukraine.
  • 10:38
    America "is to blame for" Kiev riots - demonstrators
  • 10:16
    Ukrainian MP says NATO sniper could kill Kiev protester. Read more here
  • 09:41
    The Russian President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov says Kiev is capable of finding on its own the best solutions for bringing the situation back to normal in and restoring peace to Ukraine.
  • 09:30

    Here is what is happening in Kiev on Thursday morning


    Screenshot: RT

  • 09:25
    "Ukrainian businessmen, especially in the country’s western regions, offer material support to the protesters," Oleg Tsarev of the ruling Party of Regions said in an interview with Russia’s Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily on Thursday. "But these are one-time investments. In the majority of cases they, so to say, pay in kind, i.e. provide foods, fuels, firewood, clothing. But all this, even the patronage of some of our tycoons cannot explain the tenacity of protest phenomena," he said. He noted that leaders of the “guys who call themselves off-politics activists and who called on their supporters to march to the Grishevsky Street [where the government building is located] last Sunday, had met with British Ambassador Simon Smith and US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt a day before that. "According to information, which is now being verified, after these meetings about one million US dollars were credited to the accounts controlled by some activists. And riots began on the next day. Obviously, there is a link between these events," he said. Tsarev also said he had information that many Ukrainian media were financed by foreign grants. Such media, in his words, include the Ukrainskaya Pravda news portal, the most popular news site in Ukraine, “the stronghold of Ukrainian independence and the bastion of ‘revolution.’” “They are sponsored directly from the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington. Notably, it was not they who disclosed the source, but the Americans in their reporting.” According to Tsarev, “all their publication new are direct calls for an upheaval.”
  • 09:24
    Ukrainian lawmaker says Ukrainian opposition is sponsored from foreign sources
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