Polish businessman Yatsyk Zabrovsky was one of them.
He said police beat him on the head on Khreshchatyk Street as he walked home from a late dinner with a friend. “I was shouting I was Polish. I had a Polish scarf on, but they shouted ‘foreigner’ and kept beating me,” Zabrovsky said. “Some Ukrainian guy dragged me to the ambulance nearby, then wiped off the blood from my face. I went to the embassy and spoke to all the biggest Polish TV channels.”
Other witnesses to the police brutality in breaking up the protest site on Kyiv’s Independence Square today say officers used indiscriminate, excessive and unjustified force — even chasing down fleeing demonstrators to assault them.