Violence erupts in Ukraine in opposition to planned decentralisation in constitution
By 1 September 2015
Smoke rises from the parliament building in Kiev as activists from radical Ukrainian parties, including the nationalist Svoboda, clash with police [photo credit: AFP]
<p>Clashes between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital on Monday were the worst since President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February 2014 and a new government was installed. One National Guard officer was killed when a grenade exploded near parliament. The protest was organized by nationalists opposed to planned constitutional changes that would give more autonomy to the regions in eastern Ukraine now controlled by Russian-backed separatists.
</p><p>The Interior Ministry said more than 120 people were hospitalized, most of them police officers, but also a French reporter and several Ukrainian journalists. About 30 people were arrested, including the suspected grenade thrower.
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