Ukraine’s descent into a spiral of violence accelerated on Thursday as protesters and riot police officers used firearms in a clash apparently intended to reclaim areas of Independence Square, the symbolic central plaza in the capital that had been retaken by police two days before.So protesters and riot police simultaneously fell into the accelerating spiral of violence?
The fighting shattered a truce declared just hours earlier. Just after dawn, young men in ski masks opened a breach in their barricade near a stage on the square, ran across a hundred yards of smoldering debris and surged toward riot police officers who were firing at them with shotguns.Ah, then, it was not simultaneous gunfire? It was young men in ski masks running — without guns?! — toward police who were firing shotguns at them? But the demonstrators, we're told, were able to retake the square:
Protesters pushed back the police in a continual racket of gunshots and by around 10 a.m. had recaptured the entire square, but at the cost of creating a scene of mayhem.So the police "were firing at them with shotguns," but the protesters "pushed back the police in a continual racket of gunshots." The Times seems unwilling to say the protesters were firing guns at the police. They were just pushing and there was also the "racket of gunshots." It's as if the guns were simply noisemakers.
The fighting left bodies lined up on a sidewalk, makeshift clinics crammed with the bloody wounded, and sirens and gunfire ringing through the center of the city.Bodies were left. Noises were made.
Eleven bodies were taken to a makeshift morgue at the entrance to Independence Square on Thursday morning and and an undetermined number were lying elsewhere. Around 28 people, including police officers, died in clashes earlier this week.How much restraint did the police show? How many casualties did they take in trying to avoid a massacre of the protesters? Can we get a clue?
The Interior Ministry, meanwhile, said that 29 police officers had been hospitalized with gunshot wounds.I didn't elide anything there. A paragraph begins with an uncapitalized word, as if perhaps an edit was made. Several dozen policemen were captured and marched to the center of the square, into a crowd where they were heckled and shoved. Can you read this story and interpret the actions of the human beings involved in this scene? The NYT gives us the name of one protester and paraphrases his opinion:
demonstrators captured several dozen policemen, whom they marched, dazed and bloodied, toward the center of the square through a crowd of men who heckled and shoved them.
Anatoly Volk, 38, one of the demonstrators... said the protesters had decided to try to retake the square because they believed the truce announced around midnight was a ruse.If that's true, then the protesters are fully responsible for a planned and deliberate collective decision to break the truce!
The young men in ski masks who led the push, he said, believed it was a stalling maneuver by President Viktor F. Yanukovych, to buy time to deploy troops in the capital after discovering that the civilian police had insufficient forces to clear the square.That means the protesters broke the truce.
“A truce means real negotiations,” Mr. Volk said. “They are just delaying to make time to bring in more troops. They didn’t have the forces to storm us last night. So we are expanding our barricades to where they were before. We are restoring what we had.”But that means, then, that your side entered into a false truce, and you did exactly what you are accusing them of doing — making a phony peace agreement to buy time to set up your next attack. You're admitting you did that, while making the justification that you did that because you thought that's what they were doing.