February 20th, 2014. 14:48
Journalists photographed armed men firing weapons in Kyiv, Ukraine. One of the shooters has an armband with a Berkut emblem. Snipers have been spotted on the roof of the Cabinet of Ministers administrative building and Hotel Ukraine, and on Instytutska and Bankova streets. Several protesters were shot on their way to Hrushevskiy Street.
Police previously alleged that police officers were also shot by snipers, and for that reason it was decided to remove ordinary police from central streets. Heavily armed special forces have now been seen in the streets of Kyiv.
Many corpses lie in various locations around Maidan. Activists say that snipers shoot to kill, aiming for the head and heart. Maidan has asked the Ministry of Internal Affairs declare a ceasefire.
According to data from Ministry of Health, 35 people have already killed today, three of them police officers.
Translator: Vitalii Usenko
Edited by: Robin Rohrback and Anonymous