Article: Bloodshed in Kyiv as Ukrainian government clashes with protesters [Toronto Star]



By: Tanya Talaga Global economics reporter, Published on Tue Feb 18 2014

Western democracies condemned the escalated violence in Ukraine and Canada called for an international, co-ordinated response against the “appalling” use of force in Kyiv on Tuesday.

A vicious crackdown by Ukrainian authorities on thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators inside Kyiv’s Independence Square has left at least 18 dead and hundreds more injured. The Ukraine political crisis is also a major distraction for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is hosting the Sochi Olympic Games.

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