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Bloody clashes in Ukraine’s Mariupol: At least 3 killed

(Pravda) – 16/4/2014 – Ukraine’s incumbent Interior Minister Arsen Avakov confirmed the attack on the military unit of the National Guard in the city of Mariupol. When fending off the attack three were killed, 13 injured and 63 people were detained, according to preliminary data. There are no victims among the troops.

“There are no losses among law enforcement officers. According to preliminary reports, among the attackers three people were killed, 13 were injured and 63 others were arrested. Weapons, communications equipment and phones were withdrawn from them, the attackers are being identified,” Interfax quoted the minister as saying.

The Interior Minister said that at night, in response to the attack on the military unit of the National Guard in Mariupol, the troops conducted an operation on the localization of the gang of about 300 attackers.

According to another version, voiced by residents of Mariupol, defense fighters tried to enter into negotiations with the troops. In response, representatives of law enforcement agencies opened fire on unarmed demonstrators. When an ambulance arrived at the scene, the vehicle came under fire as well, thus being unable to provide medical assistance to victims.

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To suppress those who do not agree with the new Ukrainian government, the National Guard arrived in the city along with several dozens of members of the “Right Sector” national movement, the locals suspect.

Self-defense forces of Mariupol blocked central streets of the city.

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3 dead, 13 injured as anti-govt protesters rally near Ukrainian military base – Interior Ministry

(RT News) 16/4/2014 – Three people were killed and thirteen others injured by gunfire in a confrontation between anti-government protesters and soldiers stationed at a military base in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says.

Avakov wrote on his Facebook page that three of the anti-government activists that clashed with soldiers at the base had been killed, referring to them as “armed militants.”

A group of several dozen protesters arrived at the base, located in the turbulent Donetsk region, on Wednesday evening.

They called on the troops to abandon the base, but the soldiers didn’t listen, the demonstrators said.

Instead, the troops opened fire at the protesters, injuring at least four people. One of them took a bullet in his chest and is in serious condition, according to protesters.

Some local media said the protesters were armed with Molotov cocktails, which they used in the confrontation.

Media reports also say that several stray bullets hit two apartments in a nearby resident building, shattered a window, and pierced a gas pipeline.

The crowd retreated after the shooting started. The city’s website said that clashes have moved from the base to surrounding areas, adding that single shots can be heard near the local hospital.

Ukraine’s security service and Mariupol police conducted a joint operation at around 1 a.m. local time, according to Mariupol’s website. Law enforcement officers reportedly detained 10 people.

Protester chatter blames unidentified provocateurs for the shooting. Demonstrators say a group of people arrived at the protester-held City Hall of Mariupol and called on people staying there to go to the military base to try to seize it.

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Local residents reported military jets flying over the city.

Donetsk region has been gripped by anti-Maidan protests since last week, with activists seizing a number of governmental buildings in several cities and towns.

Mariupol, April 13, 2014.(Reuters / Stringer)

Mariupol, April 13, 2014.(Reuters / Stringer)

Kiev’s coup-imposed authorities announced an ‘anti-terrorist operation’ involving military units against the protesters, but have so far had little success in the crackdown.

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