Ukraine President Declares February 20 Day of Mourning

World | February 19, 2014, Wednesday // 13:39|  views

Ukrainian riot police stand in front of the fire ring around of the Independence Square during the continuing protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 18 February 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Ukrainian President Yanukovych has issued a decree declaring February 20 a day of mourning got the victims of "mass unrest."

State flags will be lowered to half-staff, entertainments and sports competitions won't be held in the country on the day of mourning.

Violent clashes between anti-government protesters and police on Tuesday night left at least 25 people dead, including nine police officers and a journalist, and hundreds of wounded.

Police and protesters in Kiev are preparing for a second day of unrest.

The protests started in November, after when Ukrainian President Yanukovych rejected a trade deal with the EU in favour of closer ties with Russia.

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Tags: Ukraine, day of mourning, anti-government protests, Viktor Yanukovych


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