Protests in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev turned violent today and at least one protester has been killed as police stormed one of the camps being used by demonstrators. The protesters have been occupying portions of Kiev since November of 2013. They object to the Ukrainian government rejecting a proposed treaty with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia. Tensions between Russia and the Ukraine date back to the dissolution of the old Soviet Union and many Ukrainian citizens find the idea of reconciliation with their old Cold War “rulers” in Moscow distasteful. The Ukrainian Prime Minister had warned protesters that police would respond to increased levels on unrest, leading to today’s violent clash between police and protesters.
By Christopher V. Spencer