Dozens dead in Kyiv amid anounced ‘truce’

20 February 2014 15:06

There is open combat on the streets of Kyiv today with protesters and security forces firing on each other and dozens of people reported dead after a truce broke down.

It was only declared by President Viktor Yanukovych last night but violent clashes erupted again this morning, Euronews reports.

Ukraine’s Health Ministry confirms 35 were killed, still the casualty count is rising constantly. The Ukrainian Presidency has evoked dozens of deaths and injuries among police.

Protesters and police have accused each other of using live ammunition.

According to Interfax-Ukraine, at least a dozen MPs from the pro-presidential Party of Regions have announced their support for "the people of Ukraine" and called on police officers to stop attacking protesters.

These are by far the bloodiest hours of Ukraine’s 22-year independence history.