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Clashes erupt outside Ukraine parliament

6:14pm IST - 01:09

Clashes erupted outside Ukraine's parliament between protesters and police on Monday, as lawmakers voted for constitutional changes giving eastern regions a special status. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (No reporter narration) STORY: Clashes erupted between police and a crowd of nationalist protesters demonstrating outside parliament in Kiev. Scuffles turned to fighting after demonstrators attempted to breach through a fence around the parliament building and police responded with tear gas. Several police officers and members of the Ukrainian national guard were injured when a grenade was thrown from the crowd demonstrating against a draft law to give special status to separatist regions, police said. A Reuters witness at the scene said several police were knocked off their feet by the blast. Two police were treated for wounds at the scene and there were pools of blood on the street. Ukraine's parliament voted for constitutional changes to give its eastern regions a special status that it hopes will blunt their separatist drive, but divisions among pro-Western lawmakers suggested they will have a rougher ride to become law. At a rowdy session, a total of 265 deputies voted in favour in the first reading of a "decentralisation" bill, backed by President Petro Poroshenko's political bloc and his government - 39 more than that required to go through.

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Clashes erupt outside Ukraine parliament

6:14pm IST - 01:09