Ukraine Protesters Shot Dead as Clashes With Police Continue

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Updated 8:27 a.m. EST

At least two people were reportedly shotdead during violent clashes between police and protesters in Kiev on Wednesday, the first fatalities so far during mass demonstrations that have roiled the country since President Viktor Yanukovych backed out of a trade deal with the European Union in November.

Oleg Muiy, coordinator of medical services for the protesters, told the Kiyv Post that one 30-something victim had “four wounds to the head, neck and on the chest. The experts will check whether the bullets were rubber.” Another protester death also appeared to be caused by a gunshot wound, and a third died from falling near the scene, the Associated Press reports. Prosecutors later said the first two deaths were caused by live ammunition.

The violence escalated…

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