2 dead and several injured in Kiev shootout

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2 dead and several injured in Kiev shootout
Volunteers attend a rally to commemorate the 200th anniversary of poet and national icon Taras Shevchenko at Independence square in central Kiev on March 9, 2014. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Sunday vowed Ukraine would not give 'an inch' of its territory to Russia. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
A participant holds a placard reading 'Stop Blood, Stop War, Stop Putin' during a demonstration in support of the people of Ukraine at the Brandenburg Gate on March 9, 2014 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KAY NIETFELD +++ GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KAY NIETFELD/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman wipes her eyes during the rally to commemorate the 200th anniversary of poet and national icon Taras Shevchenko at Independence square in central Kiev on March 9, 2014. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Sunday vowed Ukraine would not give 'an inch' of its territory to Russia. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Russian (L) and pro-Ukrainian activists argue during a rally in Sevastopol on March 9, 2014. Pro-Russian activists attacked a pro-Kiev rally in Sevastopol with clubs and whips on March 9 as thousands took to the streets across Ukraine in rival demonstrations, escalating separatist tensions in the troubled ex-Soviet state. Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk vowed Ukraine would not cede 'an inch' of its territory to Moscow after Russian forces and pro-Kremlin gunmen took over the Black Sea peninsula. AFP PHOTO/ VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Ukrainian supporters hold Ukraininan flags during a rally held to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Ukrainian poet and national icon Taras Shevchenko's birth, under a bust of the poet, in the Crimean capital Simferopol on March 9, 2014. Pro-Russian activists attacked a pro-Kiev rally in Sevastopol with clubs and whips on March 9 as thousands took to the streets across Ukraine in rival demonstrations, escalating separatist tensions in the troubled ex-Soviet state. In Simferopol, hundreds of protesters took part in separate rallies for Ukrainian unity and for joining Russia that passed off peacefully. AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Policemen detain a man during a rally in Sevastopol on March 9, 2014, held to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Ukrainian poet and national hero Taras Shevchenko. Pro-Russian activists attacked a pro-Kiev rally in Sevastopol with clubs and whips on March 9 as thousands took to the streets across Ukraine in rival demonstrations, escalating separatist tensions in the troubled ex-Soviet state. Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk vowed Ukraine would not cede 'an inch' of its territory to Moscow after Russian forces and pro-Kremlin gunmen took over the Black Sea peninsula. AFP PHOTO/ VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)
A man waves the Ukrainian national flag during the rally to commemorate the 200th anniversary of poet and national icon Taras Shevchenko at Independence square in central Kiev on March 9, 2014. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Sunday vowed Ukraine would not give 'an inch' of its territory to Russia. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
A pro-Ukrainian supporter holds an anti-war placard during the rally to commemorate the 200th anniversary of poet and national icon Taras Shevchenko in Crimean city of Simferopol on March 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a rally devoted to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ukraine's national poet Taras Shevchenko, at Independence square in central Kiev on March 9, 2014. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Sunday vowed Ukraine would not give 'an inch' of its territory to Russia. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Ukrainian supporters hold flags and placards reading 'Putin is not Russia' and 'I don't want to be Soviet' during the rally to commemorate the 200th anniversary of poet and national icon Taras Shevchenko in Crimean city of Simferopol on March 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a rally devoted to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ukraine's national poet Taras Shevchenko, at Independence square in central Kiev on March 9, 2014. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Sunday vowed Ukraine would not give 'an inch' of its territory to Russia. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Russian activists clash with a pro-Ukrainian supporter during at a rally in Sevastopol on March 9, 2014. Pro-Russian activists attacked a pro-Kiev rally in Crimea with clubs and whips on March 9 as thousands took to the streets across Ukraine in rival demonstrations, escalating separatist tensions in the troubled ex-Soviet state. Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk vowed Ukraine would not cede 'an inch' of its territory to Moscow after Russian forces and pro-Kremlin gunmen took over the Black Sea peninsula. AFP PHOTO/ VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)
A pro-Ukrainian supporter holds the flag in front of balloons in national flag colours during the rally being held to commemorate the 200th anniversary of poet and national icon Taras Shevchenko in Crimean city of Simferopol on March 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Russian activists and policemen detain a pro-Ukrainian supporter during clashes at a rally in Sevastopol on March 9, 2014. Pro-Russian activists attacked a pro-Kiev rally in Crimea with clubs and whips on March 9 as thousands took to the streets across Ukraine in rival demonstrations, escalating separatist tensions in the troubled ex-Soviet state. Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk vowed Ukraine would not cede 'an inch' of its territory to Moscow after Russian forces and pro-Kremlin gunmen took over the Black Sea peninsula. AFP PHOTO/ VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Ukrainian supporters hold the flag and balloons in the national flag colours during the rally to commemorate the 200th anniversary of poet and national icon Taras Shevchenko in the Crimean city of Simferopol on March 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Ukrainian supporters hold Ukraininan flags and placards reading 'Crimea is not Russia' and 'Crimea+Ukraine' during a rally being held to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Ukrainian poet and national icon Taras Shevchenko's birth, under a bust of the poet, in the Crimean capital Simferopol on March 9, 2014. Pro-Russian activists attacked a pro-Kiev rally in Sevastopol with clubs and whips on March 9 as thousands took to the streets across Ukraine in rival demonstrations, escalating separatist tensions in the troubled ex-Soviet state. In Simferopol, hundreds of protesters took part in separate rallies for Ukrainian unity and for joining Russia that passed off peacefully. AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Ukrainian supporters hold flags during the rally to commemorate the 200th anniversary of poet and national icon Taras Shevchenko in the Crimean city of Simferopol on March 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Ukrainian supporters hold flags and placards reading 'Putin is not Russia' and ' I don't want to be Soviet' during the rally being held to commemorate the 200th anniversary of poet and national icon Taras Shevchenko in Crimean city of Simferopol on March 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Policemen detain a pro-Ukrainian supporter during clashes at a rally in Sevastopol on March 9, 2014. Pro-Russian activists attacked a pro-Kiev rally in Crimea with clubs and whips on March 9 as thousands took to the streets across Ukraine in rival demonstrations, escalating separatist tensions in the troubled ex-Soviet state. Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk vowed Ukraine would not cede 'an inch' of its territory to Moscow after Russian forces and pro-Kremlin gunmen took over the Black Sea peninsula. AFP PHOTO/ VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Russian activists and policemen detain a pro-Ukrainian supporter during clashes at a rally in Sevastopol on March 9, 2014. Pro-Russian activists attacked a pro-Kiev rally in Crimea with clubs and whips on March 9 as thousands took to the streets across Ukraine in rival demonstrations, escalating separatist tensions in the troubled ex-Soviet state. Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk vowed Ukraine would not cede 'an inch' of its territory to Moscow after Russian forces and pro-Kremlin gunmen took over the Black Sea peninsula. AFP PHOTO/ VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Russian paratroopers appluad as they hold a poster reading 'Nazism will not pass!' during a rally to show their support for pro-Russian authorities in the Ukrainian region of Crimea in Rostov-on-Don, south-eastern Russia, on March 9, 2014. Russia's incursion in Crimea is a 'serious miscalculation' and Moscow could face far-reaching economic consequences unless a diplomatic solution can be found, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on March. AFP PHOTO / ANDREY KRONBERG (Photo credit should read ANDREY KRONBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian soldiers take part in a military drill not far from the small city of Goncharovskoye, some 150 km from Kiev, on March 14, 2014. Russia on March 14 declared it reserved the right to protect compatriots in the whole of Ukraine, seen as a threat that Moscow could move its forces beyond the Russian-speaking peninsula of Crimea. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian helicopters fire as they take part in military drills, not far from the small city of Goncharovskoye, some 150 km from Kiev, on March 14, 2014. Russia on March 14 declared it reserved the right to protect compatriots in the whole of Ukraine, seen as a threat that Moscow could move its forces beyond the Russian-speaking peninsula of Crimea. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
A pro-Ukrainian protester throws back a smoke bomb during clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian activists at a rally in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on March 13, 2014. The UN Security Council began meeting to discuss Ukraine in the presence of the country's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who is to address the session. The flaring crisis between two of the former Soviet Union's biggest states was sparked by the ouster last month of a pro-Kremlin regime that in November rejected an historic EU deal that would have pulled Kiev out of the Kremlin's orbit for the first time. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY (Photo credit should read Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images)
Maidan self-defence activists walk as anti-war placards are hung in Kiev on March 13, 2014. Ukraine moved Thursday to mobilise a volunteer force to ward off Russia's expansionist threat. AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of a self defense volunteer group recoil from a fire after adding fuel to it as they guard a barricade in Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine, Friday, March 14, 2014. (AP Photo/David Azia)
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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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