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2 dead and several injured in Kiev shootout

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Two people were killed and several others wounded, including a policeman, in a shootout at the building of a far-right Ukrainian nationalist group, highlighting the tensions in the eastern part of the country that have erupted in Ukraine's political turmoil.

Details of the Friday night shooting in the city of Kharkiv were murky, but local news reports said it broke out after a skirmish between pro-Russia demonstrators and their opponents.

Violence has escalated in Ukraine's Russia-leaning east in recent days, as pro-Russia demonstrators have seized government buildings and clashed with supporters of the new Kiev government. At least one person died and 17 were wounded in clashes in the city of Donetsk on Thursday.

Tensions are also high in another region, the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, where a referendum is to be held Sunday on whether to split off from Ukraine and seek annexation by Russia. The peninsula, where Russia leases a massive base for its Black Sea Fleet, has been effectively under control of Russian forces since last month after troops blocked off Ukrainian military bases.

Kharkiv, near the Russian border, is a hotbed of pro-Russia sentiment and opposition to the acting Ukrainian government that took power last month after Russia-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country in the wake of months of protests.

After the skirmish, according to the reports, there was gunfire outside a building housing the offices of several nationalist groups including Right Sector, which was one of the drivers of the protests against Yanukovych and that vehemently opposes Russian influence in Ukraine.

Russia has denounced Right Sector and similar groups as "fascists" who allegedly want to oppress ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

A spokesman for Right Sector in eastern Ukraine, Igor Moseichuk, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying the shooting was a "planned provocation by pro-Russian forces."

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook page that two people were killed and several wounded, including a policeman who was seriously injured. He said some 30 people "from both sides" had been detained.

The victims' identities were not immediately made public. Moseichuk was quoted as saying the two killed were not among those inside the Right Sector offices.

The Ukrainian region of Crimea, where ethnic Russians are a majority, is effectively under Russian control after troops entered following Yanukovych's departure.

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drusus5845 March 15 2014 at 12:54 PM

Maybe it's about time we concentrate on the problem and not this stupid partisan politics. The BS about our representatives is equivalent to the Weimar Republics government prior to the takeover by Hitler. Well who will play Von Papen and who will play Hindenburg. Where did these nuts come from?? If we were that divided prior to WWll, the Nazis would have won instead of this country. If you have any complains about CinC or the State department, write to them and voice your opinion. This atmosphere is surely a road to defeat.

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Robert & Lisa March 15 2014 at 10:37 AM

Our people have learned to deceive and be deceived. What happened to "Know the truth and the truth will set you free." Hillary Clinton has never done a good job at anything and now she is the most popular candidate for President? God help us all.

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holmes49 Robert & Lisa March 15 2014 at 10:44 AM

that's why the truth has to be told---why do you think the lefties hate Fox News---the lefty socialists hate the truth !!!!

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jktejas March 15 2014 at 10:38 AM

Russia has never and will never allow any government to jeopardize its occupation and/or control of its warm water port in Sebastopol on the Black Sea......a port of major importance to its commercial shipping and navel defense. Further to this, there is strong indication that the Crimea is rich in oil and gas deposits. And while it is politically incorrect to bring another matter into the picture.....all the Muslim Tartars that Stalin expelled from Russia, particularly the Crimea have been flooding back into the region and now are about 24% of the population......and they absolutely hate Russia.....and, no, not all Muslims are terrorists, but the community harbors operatives (much like it does here) It's a mixed bag.....their position in Sebastopol is understandable (we've done similar) their grasp of oil and gas in the Crimea will primarily benefit those in power (greed factor) and their concern for the growing militants is understandable, though the proclaimed concern for the ethnic Russians, who are in the majority, would not outweigh the focus on the mineral riches in the Crimea. The bottom line is that no sanctions in the world are going to outweigh Putin's intent. All they have to do is ride it out.....and as they take more lethal action against a rising terrorists movement, the West will applaud.

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cricketfamily jktejas March 15 2014 at 11:30 AM

You have hit the nail on the head. If positions were reversed the US would do the same thing. The US have done it for less. We invaded Granada once, a little island 100 miles off of Venezuela out of stated concerns of building an airport large enough to have military implications. For Russia national security concerns if Ukraine goes west including losing strategic naval bases and seaports, oil pipelines from Russia to Europe that go through Ukraine (Russia's economy is based on oil) and the Ukraine becoming a direct competitor to Russia in oil, let alone having the west on their borders if Ukraine went the way they had planned is something Russia can not tolerate. It is just the truth.

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sandinbox March 15 2014 at 7:42 PM

Take yours hands of eastern Ukraine Putin...you tyrant. That land has always been ukrainian. All my ancesters have lived and died there as Ukrainians. Whom ever wants to be part of Russia in eastern ukraine should move there. My parents are turning over in their graves to see what's happening in their beloved city of Kharkiv...it's a place I've never seen and grandmothers and grandfathers and cousins I've never known. I cry for eastern Ukraine...no matter what Putin does he will never win. Those of you living in Ukraine must be ukrainian patriots if you can't be than you should go to Russia. Don't allow yourselves and Putin to tear apart Ukraine. So much blood has been spilled to keep it together.

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YourFtr March 15 2014 at 7:36 PM

Kharkov is not Kiev ! They are two different cities !
I think hp is confused because the story was filed from Kiev ?

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frozenbull March 15 2014 at 7:05 PM

Putin's just waiting for the right moment to pull the trigger . It's coming ,though . You can bet on it .

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user349842 frozenbull March 15 2014 at 8:02 PM

I think you're right!

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YourFtr March 15 2014 at 8:35 PM

Capitalism is not perfect; but capitalism has provided the seed-bed; which has produced
1. Electric Lights.
2. Automobiles.
3. Polio Cure.
4. Aircraft.
5. Assembly Line of mass production.
6. Franchise system.
7. Open Hearth Steel Furnace system
8. Steel beams for Skyscrapers.
9. Soon-to-be Cancer Cure.

And what has Communism wrought.......? Gulags ?

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Brian Workman YourFtr March 15 2014 at 9:45 PM

Mostly invented by American/Africans!

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meanstr March 15 2014 at 11:14 AM

Is this a none legal government that the protesters put ion power and now the people are fighting them to get their Elected President back.

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Lauderdale Sand meanstr March 15 2014 at 11:19 AM

Who cares what their internal conflict is? Worry about our nation. It is falling apart and people are going on and on about Russia and Putin. Have you seen Kerry or Obama traveling to Malaysia to try to find out where that missing jet is? That could really be a red herring.

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ovidp March 15 2014 at 11:20 AM

I don't know what all the fuss is about? Ukraine is, has been and always will be a Russian enety. Those right wingers should read their history.

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Lauderdale Sand ovidp March 15 2014 at 11:21 AM


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mrd1776 March 15 2014 at 11:29 AM

Funny how so many Americans are unable to face the facts, admit that our government, the US Government, has been toppling national leaders, assass_inating elected heads of state, sabotaging elections, bribing politicians, for decades. Yes we have been toppling other governments for our own selfish interests for decades and decades, irregardless how much the citizens of those nations suffer in the process.

Diem of Vietnam and Saddam Hussein are good examples. Indeed the great much loved Kennedy and his C_I_A arranged the illegal Vietnam War, and many many innocent people suffered and died, many Americans, all for selfish US interests. What Dubya did in Iraq was US policy; again many many innocent people suffered and died, many Americans, all for selfish US interests.

Yes, BO and his C_I_A are continuing US policy for selfish interests, unseating the friendly to Russia, elected leader of UKraine, and inserting a puppet, unfriendly to Russia and the Crimean people. Crimeans trust the Russians far more than they trust the Fascists ruling Ukraine or the US damning them to chaos.This time, Putin with a dangerous security breech right on his border, acted swiftly, and put a stop to US nation-building. Who will be our next victims for US selfish interests?

Crimeans are voting for Russian troops to remain in Crimea, protecting them from the fascists now ruling Ukraine. Crimeans are voting to remain with Russia, and will be far safer and more prosperous, with Ukraine and the US nation-builders kept far far away.

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