UPDATE: Medic reports that 70 killed in Ukraine protests

February 20, 2014 at 11:17 AM EDT
At least 22 people have been killed in the latest day of violent clashes in Kiev, Ukraine.

At least 22 people have been killed in the latest day of violent clashes in Kiev, Ukraine.

Updated 11:17 a.m. EST:

The Associated Press is reporting that at least 70 protesters have been killed Thursday in clashes with police in the Ukrainian capital. The news agency was unable to independently confirm this toll based on reports from Dr. Oleh Musiy, the coordinator for the protesters’ medical team.

10:21 a.m. EST:

At least 22 people have been killed Thursday, according to Associated Press reports, continuing the latest wave of violent protests in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. On the third day of clashes that have left more than 50 dead and hundreds injured, anti-government protesters tossed firebombs and advanced upon police lines, while government snipers shot into the crowds.

Ukraine’s interior ministry says that 67 police troops have been captured by the protesters who are calling for a regime change precipitated in November by President Viktor Yanukovych’s pledged loyalty to Russia.

Russian news agencies have reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin will send an envoy to Ukraine, at the request of Yanukovich, to try to mediate talks between the government and opposition.

Thursday’s violence comes only hours after a truce was announced.

Citing her support for the protesters, Ukrainian skier Bogdana Matsotska withdrew from Olympic competition in Sochi, Russia. The 24-year-old athlete told the AP: “I don’t want to participate when in my country people die.”

The PBS NewsHour examined the root causes of the unrest On Tuesday with Steven Pifer of the Brookings Institution and Adrian Karatnycky of the Atlantic Council:

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