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Ukraine Protests Claim First Fatalities: RFE/RL Liveblogs Euromaidan

Ukraine -- Interior Ministry members stand in formation in front of burning tyres set ablaze by pro-European protesters during clashes in Kyiv January 22, 2014.
Mayhem descended on Kyiv today, not far from the city’s Independence Square, after Ukraine’s riot police tried to clear barricades and disperse protesters following the enactment of new laws imposing harsh penalties on unauthorized demonstrations and restricting freedom of assembly and speech. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets, and truncheons against protesters, who responded by throwing stones and petrol bombs and igniting tires and garbage. At least two people have been killed, reportedly by gunfire.

# LIVEBLOG: RFE/RL is liveblogging news, photos and tweets from our correspondents and others following events in Kyiv and elsewhere in the region.

# WATCH: Violence erupted when Ukrainian riot police sought to clear protesters and barricades from Hrushevsky Street in downtown Kyiv.

# Viktor Yanukovych met with opposition leaders today in an effort to stem the anti-government protests after two demonstrators were killed, reportedly as a result of gunshot wounds.

# The far-right youth group Pravyy Sektor has vowed to fight the Ukrainian authorities to the bitter end. What is Pravyy Sektor and where did it come from? Correspondents Claire Bigg and Oleksandr Lashenko report.

# WATCH: Two journalists with RFE/RL's Ukraine Service, Radio Svoboda, describe being beaten by members of Ukraine’s Berkut riot police force while they were covering protests that turned violent on January 20.

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