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One killed, 90 injured in Ukraine protest

Protesters have thrown “several” explosive devices outside Ukraine’s parliament in the capital Kiev, killing at least one policeman and wounding at least 90 people, according to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

The unrest erupted on Monday shortly after parliament backed the first reading of reforms to give greater autonomy to the separatist east as part of a peace deal signed in February.

Anton Gerashchenko, an interior ministry advisor, said attackers had thrown a hand grenade at National Guard troops in what he called an “act of provocation”.

Some of the injured, most of whom were in uniform, were bleeding and lying on the ground in front of the parliament. At least one photographer was lightly injured.

Protesters also fired at least one smoke grenade that sent up a thick cloud of black smoke outside the building. Tear gas was used by both sides, the AFP news agency reported.

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Posted By Bobricky On 10:19 Mon, 31 Aug 2015

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