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Poland summons ambassador as violence in Kiev continues

23rd January 2014
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Five protesters have reportedly been killed

Protests have turned bloody in Ukraine

Ukraine’s ambassador to Poland Markiyan Malski met with Katarzyną Pełczyńską-Nałęcz, the Polish deputy foreign minister today in connection with the ongoing violence and death of three protesters in Kiev after battles with Ukrainian policemen yesterday.

The meeting lasted twenty minutes but Malski refused to comment to journalists on what was discussed while leaving the foreign ministry. Since Sunday Kiev has witnessed protests and violent encounters between protesters and Ukrainian police.

Ever since Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union in November last year, hundreds of thousands of pro-EU Ukrainians have been protesting the decision.

In addition, last week, the Ukrainian parliament passed legislation which limits the freedom of protests in the country further angering the pro-EU factions. Yanukovych has promised an investigation into the deaths of the three protesters. Meanwhile, two other bodies were discovered outside Kiev yesterday night. They are believed to have been protesters killed by Ukrainian authorities.

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