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Newsline: Ukraine’s protesters try to set fire to Russian Embassy in Kiev

Several people threw Molotov cocktails at the main entrance to Russia’s Embassy in Kiev overnight on March 10. “The hooligans were able to throw over the fence of the Russian Embassy a few bottles with the Molotov cocktail, after which they were detained,” the news report said. The Russian Embassy in Kiev has not commented on the incident. The protesters are picketing the Russian Embassy in Kiev for a third day demanding the release of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko who is charged with involvement in the murder of Russian journalists. Meanwhile, about 200 people have gathered on Thursday at a rally outside the Ukrainian Embassy in downtown Moscow. The rally is held against the background of the attack on the Russian Embassy in Kiev, which occurred in the early hours of March 6. The Russian Foreign Ministry presented a note of protest to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, but so far there has been no response from Kiev. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said he “fully supported peaceful protests” in Savchenko’s support. A similar view has been expressed by Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk.



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