29 January, 13:49

Pro-EU protest damage to Kiev exceeds $2.5 mln - official

Pro-EU protest damage to Kiev exceeds $2.5 mln - official

According to the Kiev authorities, the damage that was done to the city in the course of rallies and demonstrations has exceeded 2.5 million dollars. The figure has been given by the Deputy Kiev Mayor Anatoly Golubchenko.

The official pointed out that those who took part in peaceful protests have already been presented with a bill, but no one has so far claimed responsibility for the pogroms in Independence Square and Grushevsky Street.

A decision to amnesty the arrested participants in mass-scale unrest may be taken as early as later today. The Supreme Rada is due to meet to consider the issue at 13:00 Moscow time.

The opposition leaders Vitaly Klitschko, Arseniy Yatseniuk and Oleg Tiagnibok insist that all arrested protesters be released. Signs are the three leaders also mean the radical protesters.

Video footage was posted on the Web earlier today to show young Ukrainian nationalists trained to stage acts of sabotage and launch terrorist attacks by NATO military instructors in Estonia in summer 2006. The nationalists were taught to plant mines and make home-made bombs. Ukrainian politicians claim they are certain that it is units of such militants that have been active in Kiev's Grushevsky Street.

Meanwhile, protests in Kiev have started fizzling out. The opposition claims this is due to the recent Mykola Azarov Cabinet resignation. President Victor Yanukovych has appointed First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Arbuzov as acting Prime Minister. Arbuzov is likely to chair the first meeting of the Cabinet later this Wednesday.

Voice of Russia, Life News

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