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Alleged Right Sector Shooting In Kharkiv

Pro-Russian demonstrators take part in a rally in front of a statue of Lenin in Kharkiv on March 8.
Pro-Russian demonstrators take part in a rally in front of a statue of Lenin in Kharkiv on March 8.
Claim: Members Of Right Sector Fired At And Wounded A Group Of Pro-Russian Protesters On March 8

Veracity: Unconfirmed

According to a Russian Foreign Ministry statement, on March 8 in Kharkiv "well equipped masked men with guns opened fire on peaceful demonstrators. Some were wounded as a result."

But our Ukrainian Service reports that Mykola Fomenko, the head of Kharkiv's Interior Ministry investigative department, says that he is aware of no such shooting on March 8. 

On March 9, a Kharkiv gunman did shoot and kill 2 patrons at a cafe, wounding another, but the Interior Ministry claims there is no evidence that this is tied to the ongoing crisis.

Our Ukrainian Service correspondent in Kharkiv also reports that he has not been able to confirm that a protest-related shooting took place and we have been unable to locate videos or photos to back up the claim.

The Foreign Ministry Statement also claims that seven Russian journalists were detained in Dnipropetrovsk.

Again, there is no specific information -- like names of journalists, organizations, video, photos -- and Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has called the claim "false information." 

Russian media has reported on the ministry statement but also has not provided specific information.

There have, however, been several reports of attacks by pro-Russian activists or paramilitaries on Western journalists in Crimea and these have been backed up by video and photographic evidence.

Below, video, and then explanation, of an attack on a Bulgarian journalist in Crimea.

The Russian Foreign Ministry statement does not comment on these events, focusing instead on the alleged eastern "lawlessness."

"In Russia there is outrage at the lawlessness that now prevails in the eastern regions of Ukraine as a result of the militancy of the so-called 'Right Sector' with the connivance of the new government, as they call themselves," the statement says.

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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 11, 2014 21:36
I would like to correct my earlier statement where I claimed that the "Ukrainian "revolutionaries" would be slaughtering each other a year from now". Already today (11.03) I read in the news that while Timoschenko's party starts talking about postponing the presidential election till December, Klitschko's is in favor of sticking to the originally scheduled May vote.
It looks like the story of 2005 is repeating itself. Back then it took the orange losers 9 months to start openly fighting with each other and make their coalition collapse, this time around we may see the events unrevel much faster.
Putin should not turn off the engings of the Russian tanks: after Crimea the next step will be Donezk, then Kharkow and then Kiew! And then Berlin - like in 1945 :-))!!

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
March 12, 2014 05:50
Since 1956, once again,
Russia usurped apparatus of violence,
turning against Hungary and Georgia with bullets.
They are in masks, at least since Cheushesku-Gorbachev
met in Russian Bolshevik party school and Russia started murder non-Russians, sometimes even Russians,
to create a precedent of pseudo-Terrorism
and invade another country...
They all secret armies of death of expanding like
"salamandras" Russians.
As they did in Caucasus, Georgia, Fergana and many other
places, assassinating reporters and other undesirables,
conducting acts of terror, like murder of children in Beslan,
use it as excuse to invade Ossetia and than Georgia in 2008.
Now they are also in Ukraine!
Thought it is possible that a non-Russian might do something,
even in such a case, it would be ordered by Russian "mask", like a Turkish Armenian that tried throw a grenade at George
Bush in Tbilisi...
There are unconfirmed news about stolen man-handled
air-rockets from Ukraine (probably by Russian "mask") and
they used it to shut down the last missing passenger plane.
If something like that would happen, it was called for in
crazy minds of "masked" Russia - to take away World's
attention from Russia invading Ukraine...

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