20 riot police officers hurt in Kiev

About two dozen Berkut (riot police) officers were injured in the conflict next to the building of Kiev-Sviatoshynsky court.

One officer was hospitalized with a broken leg, reports the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Authorities initiated criminal proceedings under Part 3 of Article 296 (hooliganism), Part 2 of Article 345 (threat or violence against a law enforcement officer) and Part 1 of Article 376 (interference with the judiciary).

"Such actions are punishable by imprisonment for up to 5 years," says the Interior Ministry statement.

On Friday, January 10, Kiev-Sviatoshynsky district court sentenced persons involved in "Vasilkov case" to six years in prison.

After the verdict the activists who protested on the street blocked exits from the court yard to prevent from taking away the prisoners. The clash between protesters and Berkut resulted in severe damages to several activists and journalists, as well as People's Deputies Eduard Leonov and Yuri Bublik.

In protest, Avtomaidan cars blocked Berkut buses on Peremogy Avenue. During the standoff, a fight broke out; Yuri Lutsenko and a few others were beaten. Activists continued to block riot police, allowing them into the Sviatoshynsky police station only after the officers showed their faces and were photographed.

Opposition leader Yuri Lutsenko was hurt trying to stop Avtomaidan activists who attacked the bus with Berkut officers and prison guards.

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