February 20, 2014

Ukrainian Cornellians ‘Angered’ by Violent Protests

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Members of Cornell’s Ukrainian community said they were angered by the Ukrainian government’s violent actions against protesters during the country’s ongoing crisis.

The protests began last November when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych abruptly refused to sign a treaty with the European Union in favor of accepting aid from Russia, according to Prof. Olena Vatamaniuk, crop and soil sciences, who is Ukrainian.

At least 70 were killed and 500 were wounded in the clash between protesters and riot police in Kiev yesterday — the bloodiest day of the crisis — according to The Associated Press.

Anti-government protestors found shields near Independence Square in Kiev Thursday, after fighting restarted following a brief truce.Sergey Ponomarev / The New York Times