Ukraine official: 2 dead, several hurt in shootout; Information war intensifies

Created: 03/15/2014 11:10 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

Tensions are high in eastern Ukraine today after two people were killed and several others wounded in a shootout last night at a building that houses the offices of a far-right Ukrainian nationalist group.

Right Sector was one of the groups that drove the protests against President Viktor Yanukovych. Russia has denounced the group as "fascists" who it says want to oppress ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

Ukraine's acting interior minister says about 30 people "from both sides" were arrested during the shootout in Kharkiv.

Violence has escalated in Ukraine's Russia-leaning east in recent days, as pro-Russia demonstrators have seized government buildings and clashed with supporters of the new Kiev government.

Meanwhile, the information war over Ukraine is intensifying. Most Russian news media say the Kiev government is run by anti-Semitic fascists, people killed in protests were shot by opposition snipers and the West is behind it all. Authorities in Ukraine have responded by blocking Russian TV channels.

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