Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Friday, February 21, 2014

Associated Press reporter Yuras Karmanau is in Kiev, Ukraine, where he personally witnessed snipers killing unarmed protesters. He writes, "I heard a strange clanking sound this morning in my hotel room overlooking the Ukrainian capital's main square. I carefully opened the balcony door and looked down. A bullet from a sniper rifle was on the floor of the balcony. ... When I walked out into the Maidan [square], clad in a helmet and a flak jacket, I saw bodies lying on the pavement. Ten in one place, another six a short walk away, five more farther away. The demonstrators were killed with precise shots to their heads or necks, the hallmarks of snipers."

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Obama's fault!

I just wanted to save some righties precious time they could use typing "Benghazzi!!!" instead.

#1 | Posted by censored at 2014-02-21 02:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

"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.

#2 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-02-21 03:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

Thanks Censored for worrying about my repetitive stress injuries.....

But again this time Obama drew a line and no one is paying attention, nor cares what he has to say on the issue... why would they....

"There will be consequences if people step over the line," President Obama chirped from Mexico, addressing the violent clashes in Kiev. "We expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence. We expect peaceful protesters to remain peaceful."

Is killing people stepping over the line? Nah...... besides its not his line, its the "worlds" line....

#3 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-02-21 03:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yes, Obama could sell his red lines on eBay as new. They are all in mint condition, never used! -- Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63)

#4 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2014-02-21 03:25 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Why don't those Ukrainians just do what we tell them to do. The bankers are waiting.

And you DON'T want to get those guys mad!!!

#5 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2014-02-21 06:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

**** This whole MESS in the Ukraine has the FILTHY STENCH of the US Govt's "School of The Americas" befouled on it!!!

#6 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-02-21 08:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

What do you think our Obama and DHS and the police would do if we had Americans rampaging in the streets pushing civil war as they are in Kiev?

With drones and the military apparatus, they would make Kent State OH look like a holiday celebration. Snipers would be the least of their worries.

Obama has no business involving the USA through his mouth, EU or Israel.

#7 | Posted by Robson at 2014-02-21 08:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yeah. When the government says "Stop protesting or we'll kill you", you might end up dead if you protest. Make your moves, take your chances; die for a cause if it's sufficient.

#8 | Posted by soheifox at 2014-02-22 11:55 AM | Reply | Flag:

Ukraine protests: Parliament votes to oust Viktor Yanukovych

Election set for May 25; ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko freed

www.cbc.ca

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2014-02-22 12:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

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