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More Blood In Ukraine

Fearing that a call for a truce was a ruse, protesters tossed firebombs and advanced upon police lines Thursday in Ukraine’s embattled capital. Government snipers shot back and the almost-medieval melee that ensued left at least 70 people dead and hundreds injured.

Video footage on Ukrainian television showed shocking scenes Thursday of protesters being cut down by gunfire, lying on the pavement as comrades rushed to their aid. Trying to protect themselves with shields, teams of protesters carried bodies away on sheets of plastic or on planks of wood.

Meanwhile, in Washington the Obama administration condemned the bloodshed as conservatives in the House and Senate mocked what they saw as more empty threats from the president. Many likened it to the “red line” President Obama threatened Syria with last year over the use of poison gas, only to retreat after several gas attacks killed hundreds of people.

Protesters Thursday were also seen leading policemen with their hands held high around the sprawling protest camp in central Kiev. Ukraine’s Interior ministry says 67 police were captured in all. It was not clear how they were taken. An opposition lawmaker said they were being held in Kiev’s occupied city hall.

President Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition protesters who demand his resignation are locked in an epic battle over the identity of Ukraine, a nation of 46 million that has divided loyalties between Russia and the West. Parts of the country — mostly in its western cities — are in open revolt against Yanukovych’s central government, while many in eastern Ukraine favor strong ties with Russia, their former Soviet ruler.

At least 99 people have died this week in the clashes in Kiev, a sharp reversal in three months of mostly peaceful protests. Now neither side appears willing to compromise, with the opposition insisting on Yanukovych’s resignation and an early election and the president apparently prepared to fight until the end.

Thursday was the deadliest day yet. An AP cameraman saw snipers shooting at protesters in Kiev and video footage showed at least one sniper wearing a Ukraine riot police uniform.

As the violence exploded and heavy smoke from burning barricades at the encampment belched into the sky, the foreign ministers of three European countries — France, Germany and Poland — met with Yanukovych for five hours after speaking with the opposition leaders. The EU ministers then returned to speak again with opposition leaders.

The 28-nation European Union began an emergency meeting on Ukraine in Brussels to consider sanctions against those behind the violence.

The latest bout of street violence began Tuesday when protesters attacked police lines and set fires outside parliament, accusing Yanukovych of ignoring their demands to enact constitutional reforms that would once again limit the president’s power.

How many have to die before it becomes a revolution? How many have to die before it becomes a civil war? Is the EU set up to handle it when one of it’s nations falls into violent internal disaster? What about with two nations, like when Germany invades Belgium again?

How brutal do the slayings and reprisals have to be before the media and the EU figure out which side to choose, and will either of them choose the side here that is for freedom? Is there a side here that is for freedom? For real, or just for media leverage?

This isn’t another “my flavor of jizzlam is better than your flavor of jizzlam, so I get to chop your family into little bits” thing, is it? Those are ever so boring, you know.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/21/2014 at 01:09 AM   
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