The use of live ammunition by police in Kyiv would only increase what is already a highly volatile situation, Amnesty International said today after four protesters were killed and the government issued a statement saying that police may start using live ammunition.
The death of a man after being brutally beaten by two riot police officers is another example of pervasive police impunity in Ukraine.
“There must be no impunity for law enforcement officers who resort to abusive use of force. We have repeatedly called on the Ukrainian authorities to bring perpetrators to justice, but today’s unlawful violence by the police has led to at least one death. What else needs to happen before police officers are held accountable for human rights violations?” said Heather McGill, Amnesty International's Ukraine expert.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has denied that it was using live ammunition but has threatened to use live rounds following the shootings.