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Russia accuses European politicians of stoking Ukraine crisis

Posted on Jan 21 2014 | IANS

Moscow, Jan 21 : Russia Tuesday accused European politicians of acting "unceremoniously" over the Ukrainian crisis as it acknowledged that the situation in Ukraine is "spinning out of control", a leading British daily reported.

"We would prefer that some of our European colleagues refrained from acting unceremoniously over the Ukrainian crisis when, without any kind of invitation, members of certain European governments rush to the Maidan (the square on which the protest has centred), and take part in anti-government demonstrations in a country with which they have diplomatic relations. It is just distasteful," The Guardian quoted Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying.

The mainly peaceful protests that have paralysed Kiev for two months erupted into violence Sunday evening with pitched battles between riot police and protesters, and numerous vehicles set on fire.

More than 100 protesters were injured and 42 taken to hospital, including a man who lost his hand when a sound grenade exploded.

Police said 100 officers were hurt, with 61 needing hospital treatment. They said there had been 20 arrests.

The protests began when President Viktor Yanukovych turned away from an association agreement with the European Union in favour of closer ties with Russia. Many European politicians have sharply criticised Yanukovych's government.

The square outside Dynamo Stadium in Kiev was a scene of devastation Monday, littered with cobblestones used as weapons by the protesters and the debris of sound and gas grenades and rubber bullets used by the police.

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