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KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 31: Protestors clash with National Guards troops nearby Verkhovna Rada building on August 31, 2015 in Kiev, Ukraine. 120 were wounded and 1 is dead in clashes after lawmakers gave initial approval to changes of Constitution of Ukraine granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine Attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building of Rada. (Photo by Ivan Kovalenko/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)
Smoke rises from outside the parliament building as riot police clash with protestors, after the vote to give greater powers to the east in front of the Parliament, in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Flags of the of nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party seen in the background as police clash with protesters, after a vote to give greater powers to the east in front of the Parliament, in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 31: 120 were wounded and 1 is dead in clashes nearby Verkhovna Rada building after lawmakers gave initial approval to changes of Constitution of Ukraine granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on August 31, 2015 in Kiev, Ukraine. Attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building of Rada. (Photo by Ivan Kovalenko/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)
Ukrainian protesters clash with police after a vote to give greater powers to the east in front of the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)
Police officers give medical aid to a colleague after a grenade blast during a clash between protesters and police after vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Vladimir Donsov)
Police officers give a medical aid to a colleague injured after a grenade blast during a clash between protesters and police after a vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Vladimir Donsov)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 31: Clashes have broken out between police and protesters outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015 after vote to provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. At least 50 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev on Monday after lawmakers made constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 31: Protestors clash with National Guards troops nearby Verkhovna Rada building on August 31, 2015 in Kiev, Ukraine. 120 were wounded and 1 is dead in clashes after lawmakers gave initial approval to changes of Constitution of Ukraine granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine Attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building of Rada. (Photo by Ivan Kovalenko/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)
Ukrainian protesters clash with police after a vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 31: 120 were wounded and 1 is dead in clashes nearby Verkhovna Rada building after lawmakers gave initial approval to changes of Constitution of Ukraine granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on August 31, 2015 in Kiev, Ukraine. Attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building of Rada. (Photo by Ivan Kovalenko/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)
A girl walks by policemen standing guard during a protest by activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an 'act of provocation.' AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian protesters clash with police after a vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Police officers carry their injured colleague after grenade exploded during a clash between protesters and police after vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Vladimir Donsov)
Smoke rises near the parliament building in Kiev as activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an 'act of provocation.' AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 31: Ukrainian police carry their colleagues wounded in clashes broken out between police and protesters outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015 after vote to provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. At least 50 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev on Monday after lawmakers made constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A smoke grenade flies over police during a clash between protesters and police after a vote to give greater powers to the east in front of the Parliament n Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Smoke rises from the parliament building in Kiev as activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an 'act of provocation.' AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKU (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukraine's parliament speaker Volodymyr Groisman, center, speaks as lawmakers surround a rostrum to applaud in a sign of support, at right, and oppose, at left, in the Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 31: Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko during discussion on initial approval to changes of Constitution of Ukraine granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on August 31, 2015 in Kiev, Ukraine. 120 people were wounded and 1 is dead in clashes nearby Verkhovna Rada building. Attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building of Rada. (Photo by Ivan Kovalenko/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)
A photo taken on September 1, 2015 shows a portrait, flowers and candles at the site where a police officer died during clashes in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31. Ukraine was on September 1 reeling after fierce clashes in Kiev killed two policemen and wounded 140 people outside parliament as tensions flared over controversial legislation giving more autonomy to Moscow-backed rebels. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
A man takes a picture next to a memorial in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on September 1, 2015, near the site where a police officer died during clashes in front of the parliament on August 31. Ukraine was on September 1 reeling after fierce clashes in Kiev killed two policemen and wounded 140 people outside parliament as tensions flared over controversial legislation giving more autonomy to Moscow-backed rebels. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman looks on September 1, 2015 at flowers and candles at the site where a police officer died during clashes in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31. Ukraine was on September 1 reeling after fierce clashes in Kiev killed two policemen and wounded 140 people outside parliament as tensions flared over controversial legislation giving more autonomy to Moscow-backed rebels. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
A man kisses the image of a killed policeman at a memorial set-up in front of the parliament building in Kiev, on September 1, 2015. Ukraine was reeling after fierce clashes in Kiev killed two policemen and wounded 140 people outside parliament on August 31, 2015, as tensions flared over controversial legislation giving more autonomy to Moscow-backed rebels. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The death toll from violent protests in Ukraine rose to three on Tuesday when two more National Guard officers died from injuries suffered in a grenade explosion, officials said.

In the worst outburst of violence in Kiev since the new government took power in 2014, nationalist protesters clashed with police and National Guard troops outside Ukraine's parliament on Monday as lawmakers took up a measure to give greater powers to Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

About 140 people were hospitalized, most of them law enforcement officers, the Interior Ministry said. One National Guard officer died on Monday, and a second died early on Tuesday, both as a result of injuries caused by the grenade, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said. The National Guard reported another death in the early afternoon, saying that the third man died after a day in coma.

Most of the 100 violent protesters were members of Svoboda, a nationalist party that holds only a handful of seats in parliament. Wielding truncheons, pipes and sticks with nails, they faced off against police carrying shields and truncheons.

About 30 protesters were detained, of whom 18 remained in custody on Tuesday, including the man suspected of throwing the grenade. Avakov said he was a Svoboda member who fought in the east in one of the volunteer battalions, which are loosely controlled by the government.

President Petro Poroshenko, on a hospital visit to see the injured officers, pledged to find the organizers of the clashes who were handing out sticks and weapons like grenades.

The decentralization of power was a condition demanded by Russia for a truce signed in Belarus in February aimed at ending the fighting between Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed separatists that has left more than 6,800 people dead since April 2014.

But Ukrainian nationalists strongly oppose the constitutional changes, saying they would threaten the country's sovereignty and independence.

Poroshenko and his supporters insist that the constitutional amendment would devolve powers to local communities in all of Ukraine, from east to west, while making sure that Ukraine stays a unitary state.

While Ukrainian nationalists think the amendment gives too much power to the regions including the east, Russia-backed rebels there say this is not enough.

Speaking to Russian news agencies in Donetsk, rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko criticized Poroshenko for taking out a clause that could offer sovereignty to the east and make it a part of a loose confederation within Ukraine.

Now that 265 lawmakers have given it preliminary approval, the bill comes up for the final vote where Poroshenko will need to get at least 300 votes.

A truce in eastern Ukraine brokered by Western powers in February helped to subdue the fighting but did not stop it completely. Government troops and separatists agreed last month to stop fighting by Tuesday which is the first day of school in Ukraine. Both sides said on Tuesday that the cease-fire is holding despite sporadic exchange of rifle fire.

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