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Police say protesters provoked violence (VIDEO)

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Nov. 30, 2013, 12:22 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Katya Gorchinskaya, Mariia Shamota

Clean-up takes place today after the 4 a.m. police raid that violently dispersed 400 EuroMaidan protesters on Independence Square in Kyiv.
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Katya Gorchinskaya

Katya Gorchinskaya is the managing editor for investigative programming at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Ukraine Service). She served for seven years as the Kyiv Post's deputy chief editor from 2008-2015. Follow her on Twitter @kgorchinskaya.

Mariia Shamota

Ukraine's Interior Ministry, which runs the nation's police force, blamed protesters for provoking a violent police response to clear Independence Square of about 400 EuroMaidan demonstrators. However, video clearly shows that the use of force was excessive and indiscriminate in several cases.

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