“Protests erupt outside Ukrainian parliament over Russian-occupied region”

In Human Rights, Politics by Dusty Croghan

“Violent protests erupted outside Kiev’s parliament building on Tuesday as the government debated a controversial bill to reintegrate the Russian-occupied Donbas region with the rest of the country.

As the first parliamentary session of the year got underway, at least one policeman was injured and several protesters detained when the scuffles broke out in the Ukrainian capital.

Activists demanding that the reintegration bill be approved burnt the Russian flag and set tyres on fire as they called on the Ukrainian government to officially recognise Russia as an aggressor state.

Riot police attempted to control crowds which had gathered at a camp of supporters of pro-European Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili, who is also the former president of Georgia.”