UPDATE: ABOUT 500 SEPARATISTS ATTACKED UKRAINE MILITARY BASE: TV5
Four people have reportedly been injured by gunfire in a confrontation between anti-Maidan protesters and soldiers stationed at an Interior Ministry base in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.
A group of several dozen protesters arrived at the base, located in the turbulent Donetsk region, on Wednesday evening.
They called on the troops to abandon the base, but the soldiers didn’t listen, the demonstrators said.
Instead, the troops opened fire at the protesters, injuring at least four people. One of them took a bullet in his chest and is in serious condition, according to protesters.
Some local media claimed the protesters were armed with Molotov cocktails, which they used in the confrontation, but no evidence of this was immediately available.
Unconfirmed reports put the number of casualties higher, with four people killed and as many as 12 injured. Protester chatter blames unidentified provocateurs for triggering the shooting.
Local residents report military jets flying over the city.
Having been on the receiving end of Ukraine special forces for the past 48 hours, it appears the “pro-Russian separatists” have decided to fight back.
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Considering the source is a local Ukraine TV station, one should take the news reported by Bloomberg, with a big grain of ketamine, however also considering the 3:30pm ramp appears to be late today (or was front run repeatdly earlier on in the day), this may just be the “bullish” catalyst the “market” needs to close at the day, if not all time, highs.
More as we see it.