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Three protesters dead, 150 injured in Kiev

At least three anti-government protesters were killed and around 150 others were injured, some seriously, in fresh clashes between police and demonstrators in Kiev on Tuesday, opposition medics said.

KIEV: At least three anti-government protesters were killed and around 150 others were injured, some seriously, in fresh clashes between police and demonstrators in Kiev on Tuesday, opposition medics said.

"At least three people have died. All of them had gunshot wounds," said Oleg Musiy, head of a medical team that runs first-aid centres for protesters.

Another medic at the opposition-run field hospital told AFP that most of the injuries were caused by stun grenades.

Thirty people were in a serious condition, and some had suffered head injuries, he said. One person had to have a hand amputated.

Police said 47 security officers had been hurt in the clashes, with five sustaining bullet wounds.

Demonstrations against the rule of President Viktor Yanukovych descended into violence on Tuesday for the first time in weeks as protesters fought pitched battles with security forces in the area around Ukraine's parliament building.

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