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Ukraine points finger at ultra-nationalists after Kiev clash

Smoke rises from the parliament building in Kiev as activists from radical Ukrainian parties, including the nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers on August 31, 2015A member of Ukraine’s National Guard was killed and scores of people were injured Monday in clashes between police and nationalist protesters in Kiev as lawmakers gave initial backing to a contested bill boosting autonomy in the country’s breakaway regions. Major powers voiced deep concern at the bloodshed, which the Ukrainian government blamed on ultra-nationalists. It was the worst unrest in the capital since a popular uprising ousted Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovych early last year, unleashing a separatist insurgency in Ukraine’s industrial east.

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