"This is the result of Yanukovych's rule," Shumilin said. "He's guilty of starting a civil war."
The sniper fire that rang out on the streets of this city of nearly 3 million was something Kiev hasn't heard since the World War II battles between the Soviet Red Army and Nazi forces.
Most of the wounded stayed away from Kiev's hospitals, fearing they would be quickly taken into police custody from there -- something that has happened to many others wounded in the clashes.
The daily demonstrations, which were sparked by anger over Yanukovych's abrupt refusal in November to sign a pact with the European Union in favor of choosing closer ties with Russia, were peaceful at first. Violent clashes with police erupted in January, when at least four people died and hundreds were wounded in street battles that raged for days.
Yanukovych made some concessions and tensions abated for a few weeks, but they flared up again this week after Yanukovych loyalists in parliament refused to trim powers of the presidency as protesters had demanded. As they had in January, protesters assaulted police lines with stones and firebombs, but this time the police response was ferocious.
Earlier during the protests, life in Kiev went on as usual. Streets were full of people doing their daily errands. Stores, restaurants and cafes along the downtown avenue near the Maidan stayed open. The protest camp even became a daily attraction for many residents.
That all changed sharply this week, as clashes between protesters and police turned into urban warfare. The sound of police stun grenades echoed across the Maidan and heavy black smoke from burning tires, which protesters set to block the way to police, filled Kiev's skies.
I'm going to guess that the Putin-loving Yanukovych administration will not survive this. Sochi didn't get bombed because the media got the wrong focus? The Olympic committee should also be overthrown - every member voting in Russia should be removed and investigated for corruption, specifically bribery.
Anyone who is a sniper should probably watch their back for the rest of their existence - out of a population of 3 million that only means less than a couple thousand are trained snipers, and only a handful would be close-by for that assignment.. it's merely a personnel list away from publication, retribution and further escalation.
That said, observe how those militarized police behave - they are now just outright murdering protesters by the dozen. These are parenting age people - I wonder what the age group of the snipers are predominately? I'm going to guess they are their children's age.