Clashes break out after guilty verdicts against 'Vasylkiv terrorists;' Ukraine ex-minister Lutsenko among at least 12 injured (VIDEO, UPDATE)

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Jan. 11, 2014, 2:46 a.m. | Ukraine — by Daryna Shevchenko

Ex-Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, a former political prisoner released last year, is being treated for injuries reportedly inflicted by police late on Jan. 10 in a conflict between officers and demonstrators.
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Daryna Shevchenko

Guilty verdicts in a criminal case denounced as a sham triggered a night of violent conflicts on Jan. 10 between Berkut riot police officers and demonstrators, injuring at least a dozen protesters. 

The tense standoff lasted well past 2 a.m. on Jan. 11 as demonstrators followed buses carrying police officers and blocked their path on 109 Peremohy Ave.

Demonstrators poured paint on the windshields of the police buses, rendering them useless for driving away. People shouted "shame on you" to officers who made their way on foot past the crowd. They demanded that the officers take off their masks concealing their identities before they were allowed to pass a "corridor of shame" enforced by the protesters. It appeared that all officers were able to escape to safety. Six busloads of police reinforcements were brought in shortly before 2 a.m. on Jan. 11.

Ex-Interior Minister and former political prisoner Yuriy Lutsenko was one of the injured, seen with his face covered in blood as he was being attended to at the scene before being taken to a hospital for treatment. 

Three members of parliament from the opposition Svoboda Party were also injured, allegedly by police, earlier in the evening. Police said they filmed the confrontation and will review the video as part of an investigation.

The conflict started late afternoon on Jan. 10 inside Kyiv Svyatoshinskyi district court, where guilty verdicts against the so-called "Vasylkiv terrorists" were announced. 

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