Eight-year-old Ukrainian girl killed by government troops

This video from Ukraine is called Kostyantynivka Rally: Residents vent anger after girl dies in accident involving military vehicle. It says about itself:

A deadly accident involving a Ukrainian armored personnel vehicle that killed an 8-year-old girl triggered a riot in Kostantynivka, Donetsk Oblast, on March 16.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Anger as troops’ vehicle kills child

Wednesday 18th March 2015

RESIDENTS in the eastern Ukrainian town of Kostyantynivka angrily confronted police yesterday after an armoured military vehicle struck and killed an eight-year-old girl.

Although now under government control, Kostyantynivka was part of the anti-Kiev People’s Republic of Donetsk for almost three months last year.

Many residents retain sympathies for the anti-fascist separatist forces that the government is fighting.

Clashes broke out on Monday night, hours after the child was killed, in front of a dormitory commandeered by the pro-Kiev occupation forces.

Enraged crowds turned over a police car and set fire to a bus. Authorities claimed to have detained the ringleaders of the unrest.

Donetsk region head of police Vyacheslav Abroskin, who rushed to Kostyantynivka on Tuesday in a bid to soothe tempers, was met by more than 50 people, including mothers with small children, at the scene of the child’s death.

Many vented their frustration at what they said was the frequently drunken conduct of soldiers in the town.

“It has become dangerous to walk around. We have seen it all before. Military vehicles drive very fast here and there all the time,” said resident Alexander Tsibulyev.

At a later gathering, an even larger crowd shouted demands for all troops to leave.

“The accident occurred at the Lomonosov Street near City Hospital No. 5. Three pedestrians suffered under the wheels of the fighting vehicle: A girl aged eight died on the spot, a woman and a child in a stroller were taken to hospital,” Ukraine’s Interior Ministry reported Monday night. Locals believe the driver of the vehicle was drunk at the time of the accident: here.

BRITISH military advisers have arrived in Ukraine, Kiev’s Defence Ministry announced yesterday. A number of instructors will run courses on first aid, “tactical training” and “psychological rehabilitation” for Ukrainian troops: here.

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