- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Some people were hit by bricks or sprayed with shrapnel from stun grenades. Others were burned or struck by bullets - some rubber, some real.

A day and night of pitched battles in downtown Kiev between protesters and police left at least 26 dead and hundreds injured in the Ukrainian capital. Many protesters, terrified that they would be taken straight from the hospital to a police station, sought medical help at a nearby monastery, where operating tables stand near the altar.

Here’s a look at what caused the deaths and injuries on Tuesday, the most deadly day in three months of anti-government protests.


The Health Ministry said Wednesday that 16 protesters and 10 police had died, most of them from bullet wounds. In addition, 425 people had sought medical assistance, 277 of whom were hospitalized, including 86 police officers and six journalists, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

The opposition argued that the number of injured protesters was higher. The coordinator for the opposition’s medical response team, Oleh Musiy, said 567 people had sought medical attention.


Andrei Guk, who runs a medical center in Mikhailovsky Cathedral, said most of the protesters he has treated had shrapnel wounds to the face, arms and legs caused by stun grenades. Musiy also reported seeing many shrapnel wounds.

One of Guk’s patients on Wednesday was 45-year-old Anatoly Zarembo, who lost his right eye after one of the grenades exploded close to him.

“I am a victim of the war between (President Viktor) Yanukovych and his own people,” Zarembo said.

Guk said he also has treated many protesters for burns.

At hospital No. 17 in downtown Kiev, doctors said they have seen many different kinds of wounds in the past 24 hours.

“There are injuries caused by shrapnel, firearms, bullets and rubber bullets, shotgun pellets, plastic bullets, and there also was one knife wound,” said Nikolai Dyomin, the hospital’s chief doctor.

George Sayevich, a Ukrainian-American being treated at the hospital, said he was with a group of protesters trying to get to the parliament building. They tried to get over a fence or through a narrow gate.

“Everybody tried to push in through there, and that didn’t work and I just got clubbed all over: on the head, broke my arm in two places,” said Sayevich, who is from Silver Spring, Maryland.

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