Acting Security Services of Ukraine head Oleksandr Yakymenko and acting Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko issued a public warning on Tuesday at 4 p.m. to protesters to clear the streets within two hours: “If by 6 p.m. the lawlessness doesn't cease, we shall be forced to used all legal means to bring order.”
Kyiv's metro was closed by 4:30 p.m. and roads leading to Kyiv were blocked by police.
The three major areas of clashes in Kyiv are on Institututska and Shovkovychna streets, Hrushevskoho Street and Mariinsky Park. Police by mid-afternoon had repelled protesters from a government district that includes the Presidential Administration, the Verkhovna Rada and the Cabinet of Ministers.
The clashes started after weeks of a ceasefire in violence and futile attempts to find a political solution of the crisis in Ukraine, which enters its fourth month this week.
“The government has plenty of power and instruments to bring order, and it is obliged to use them,” the Party of Regions Donetsk branch said in its open address to the president. “It has to be done now if we don't want to lose our country forever.”
The clashes in central Kyiv were provoked by the authorities' refusal to cede to political demands of the opposition, primarily curbing presidential powers through changes to the constitution to curb presidential powers, and formation of a new technocratic government with popular trust.
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Source: Kyiv Post