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Victims near government building; explosions are heard there
14:43, 31 August 2015
Victims near government building; explosions are heard there

Verkhovna Rada approved the first reading amendments to the Constitution regarding decentralization

14:43, 31 August 2015

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Journalist of 112 channel informs that there are victims and detained among the protesters in front of the Verkhovna Rada. Sounds of grenade explosions are heard near Verkhovna Rada, where the intensive clashes occur. Streamer also informs about blood and arrival of ambulance cars. About 30 officers of security forces are injured.

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Some unknown people began to throw smoke bombs. The area around the parliament is now smoke-filled.

Such a riot is provoked by the fact that Ukrainian parliament has alredy adopted the first reading amendments to the Constitution regarding decentralization and "special status" of Donbas. After some MPs had cried "Shame!" andblocked the tribune, 265 of the 320 registered MPs voted "for" the law. Afterward, Verkhovna Rada sang the national anthem.

As was reported before, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine gathered for an extraordinary meeting to consider the first reading of the adoption of amendments to the Constitution regarding decentralization. More than thousand people gathered for a protest rally against voting for these amendments. 

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Related: A mass protest against amendments to Constitution held near parliament

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