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this. is why you should care. homemade bombs light up the kiev sky overnight as protesters resort to violence and stormed the police barricades erected to stave off a revolution. dissolve the parliament and call for early elections do not repeat the fate of gadhafi the voice of the opposition is supported by the e.u. which says the authorities are. to blame. other news this hour the u.n. has to withdraw an invitation for iran to take part in peace talks on syria or the country's main opposition group says it will drop out of the negotiations. and syria's president said the upcoming conference must focus on tackling terrorism above all else we look at how mercenaries from europe contribute to the spread of jihadist violence.
from our studio center here in moscow where it's just a nine pm this is international. well these are not images from a disaster zone these are actual scenes from the ukrainian capital taken overnight the pictures show protesters running amok angry over plans for laws they say aimed at punishing them for holding rallies the response has been fierce a mix of molotov cocktails clubs and far bombs all thrown at police trying to stave off a revolution and. for. it's morning now in cuba but the chance at the right place where. some rattled in a very violent manner yesterday are not dying down you can see what remains of the police cars and police buses which were burned yesterday a pretty depicting picture of what happened here yesterday over there just
literally fifty meters away from here all the police lines the right police the special regiment called the better trying to secure the governments of water yesterday on sunday the protesters gathered for a typical rally after that they decided to storm the government the port and the clashes with the police erupted we have information that more than seventy police officers have been. to hospitals with different injuries that still remain pretty much although there was some some very brutal scenes of the police officers being beaten up also there was some violence from the police report today they used rubber bullets against the crowds we can see from time to time loads of top talent ropes and flash bangs are being thrown from both sides towards each other over the night the protesters have managed to dismantle some of the pavement here and they're using these rocks to throw them at the police they're also using modes of cocktails and different flash bangs so it's pretty loud here this is the live
barricade with the protesters. against the police there still here we can see like literally several thousand people the numbers are expanding as the day progresses really unclear where this whole going to go but so far it's been very very time the word on the ground is that the police may actually try to assemble the barricade on the independence square which has been there for almost two months now and this may end in very violent very violent scenario just to give you the idea of how serious this whole thing is here the protesters are installing. a medieval weapon to make sure their project tiles molotov cocktails are off actually be able to reach the police lines with the seventeen. away from well you know the president has met with some up with this elitist that he's ready to hold negotiations with the opposition but this is not the talk of the town right here that people are still very much determine the government to resign for the president to step down this is their
goal this is a no longer broke which it was at the beginning of the story here this is a purely governmental. the development of what's happening in the capital here. these are pictures of the aftermath of the battle between activists and police as people gather all mass in central kiev the interior ministry warns that the opposition is now protesters with clubs now despite the fallout from last night's clashes there remains the potential violence could indeed be sparked again where dozens of policemen remain hospitalized in kiev with head injuries fractures and poisoning by unknown substances the president has called for dialogue to prevent further violence but despite this the e.u. is sticking to its position of blaming the local authorities and as an english to report it appears the scene is being set for the final act. as rocks went flying and police buses went up in flames the opposition leaders
really quickly found the man responsible for the mayhem ukraine's president viktor going to forage for bridges as we demand that you stop the escalation of the situation get the police off the streets dissolve the parliament and call for early parliamentary and presidential elections are going to not replace the fate of ceausescu and get after it the fact that the riots were started by several hundred protesters hailing from the ultra nationalist camp on the independence square seems to have the swept under the carpet the police had to the standard shower of rocks and molotov cocktails the government and abolition of criticism for using water cannons and rubber bullets to contain the raging crowd think recent tension in ukraine is a direct consequence of the government failing to acknowledge their legitimate grievances of its people the u.s. will continue to consider additional steps including sanctions in response to the use of violence and though the protests leaders and members chanted revolution in
much of the night the west seemed indifferent for the open calls for it to mourn a scout under these conditions we don't want to live we don't want to work that's why we're going to change the power of whether this corps is some sematic seventy policemen were injured twenty protesters arrested cameras captured the scenes of the rioters vicious attacks against the security forces yet for the western leaders and for the ukrainian opposition this seems to be the european way to solve ukraine's internal political issues. we have european values we have european principles we have european rights that we must uphold in each and every european country this type of pressure seems to be effective not even twenty four hours after the riots started president in the coverage has already made concessions to the opposition going as far as meeting with good and bad by the rampaging log in and a billion square. ukrainian opposition seems to be in a win win situation either by getting
a team to readership by force or simply forcing early elections but with radicals there it's now well and truly spilt in kiev the question is would the opposition be capable of getting it back in the bottle it in a goes go party. and will be debating the reasons behind the consequences of what is happening there in kiev in the next hour here on r.t. international. for the long awaited geneva two peace talks on syria just a few days away it is beginning its special coverage of the diplomatic build up to a meeting which aims to find a way to end the bloody conflict. the presence of syria's main opposition group in geneva is in question again the western backed body issued an ultimatum threatening not to show up after the u.n. invited iran the syrian national council is demanding that either iran proves its commitment to setting up an interim government in syria or the un withdraw its
invitation but russia's foreign minister said this casts doubt over the opposition's willingness to find a solution. that would lead to anyone doubting the necessity of all influential players taking part in geneva two is not seeking an end to the syrian crisis these are just whims of the syrian government imposes no preconditions and is even willing to sit with countries directly arm the rebels and not just the moderates so does that mean damascus demands their exclusion the goal of any talks is to bring to the negotiating table not just the parties you like but all those whom the solution to the problem depends on. well even if the syrian national coalition does attend the peace talks its priorities are likely to be very different from its opponents its leader earlier said forming an interim government with out bashar al assad must be a main aim at the conference the syrian leader himself has said stopping the spread
of terrorism should be the primary focus of the. geneva two conference must lead to concrete results when it comes to fighting terrorism and the other outcome that does not touch upon the combating of terrorism would be of no value at all. where there are real fears that terrorists cutting their teeth in syria could spread across the e.u. europeans make up a major part of the seventeen thousand foreign jihadists thought to be in the water and country at the moment the biggest european contributor is france as many as seven hundred of its nationals could be in syria right now belgium and the u.k. are also in the top three another worry is what happens when they return home sara firth caught up with one british citizen who lost his brother to a war thousands of miles from home. de young british and they're traveling to syria in a hundred. and according to one expert
the now part of the largest european islamist foreign fighting contingent in recent times. to at least eleven hundred. two. hundred it was from this picturesque seaside town in portsmouth this a group of young men recently left to go and join the fight in syria about some months ago when news reached the community the twenty three year old man was killed last fighting on the syrian front line this is the local mosque that if the current number of his friends attended before they left syria where they joined one of the most radical opposition groups operating in the country isis the islamic state of iraq and sham now before he died if it was active on social media placing video as an update of the group's activities now in the first interview since his brother's death mistaken german exclusively tells r.t.
he wants to set the record straight about who his brother really was and why he thinks he went to fight difference between. a uniform just because he was in uniform. for something else. just because. different. people in uniform. people. as a country. people like many foreign fighters crossed into syria via turkey it was only once he informed his family he had gone to fight jihad or holy war do you think the young men misinterpreting what you heard as. completely misinterpreting the. and especially in the city
a case it is in this completely wrong concept and wrong wrong idea there are other members of the religious community we met in portsmouth agree and they're under no doubts as to one of the major challenges in tackling you think gauge moment social media friends in other places they get lead parts of who this looks interesting and suddenly they're listening to the teaching and i know that our leaders here in ports with would not support i don't think the problem exists within any of the mosques in portsmouth per se the issue lies in where if those mosques and not delivering what the youth want they may look for it somewhere else cross the country and europe wide and the syrian conflict is gauging a young generation like note that the four years ago a member of my friends we were just ordinary boys you know just never thought about this often a spoke about you know we're still you know still aware was going around the world but we never thought you know my brother one this one year older than me is. going
to be who died in a battlefield it's just something that hasn't sunk in for me or a lot of people so i know it's happened but still and sunken something the forward for the full force doesn't mean. reporting from portsmouth in the south of england. and we'll be updating on any developments that could affect the geneva two peace conference on syria throughout the day plus don't miss our special coverage of the summit that starts on wednesday. lifter three years of. the death toll of over one hundred thousand. loma c. and common sense come together with one message. war is not the answer. does peace have a chance. international law for moscow with the twenty four hours
should have you with us here on t.v. today i'm wrong researcher. washington and the e.u. have removed the number of sanctions they had imposed on iran after it halted part of its uranium enrichment program the move comes as part of a landmark deal between the country and six world powers well let's take a closer look at what iran is gaining from all of this while the total economic relief for the country over the next six months is seven billion dollars now most of that money four point two billion dollars will be accessible through it rein in
funds overseas which will be blocked now the rest is coming from an easing of restrictions on the export of petro chemical goods precious metals and financial transactions however the move is just the beginning here and so for the next few months iran and six world powers have to reach a final compromise because all these ports live reports the path to the agreement may not be easy. from today a deal between iran and the international community goes into effect that will see iran freeze parts of its nuclear program in return for the easing of sanctions in terms of the agreement there will no longer be restrictions on the reigning exports of petro chemicals the country will also be able to import parts for its auto manufacturing industry and trade in gold and other precious metals the next six months are critical because it is stringless time frame that the international community and iran will need to reach a final agreement that many fear without which could ultimately see the border middle east descend into chaos and possibly even
a war what is clear is that there has been goodwill and the wanting for this deal to work that has overridden the skeptics and the voices calling for fresh sanctions but what is not clear is how the united states is going to maneuver its way forward it has a very fine line to walk on the one hand you have his role that continues to say that this was a deal with the devil you also have new as congressmen and women who are calling for fresh sanctions but on the other hand you have iran which essentially the american prison barack obama is urging to come to the party and he himself needs to show transparency and commitment why not alienating for example his friend tel aviv in the region so the next six months are going to be critical the hope is that at the end of half a year you will have a permanent deal in place between iran and the international community. r.t. tel aviv. an international organization that inspects violations of media freedom across the world it's on its first ever mission to the u.k.
are growing concerns about government pressure being put on the press in britain following the authorities response to the guardian newspaper printed legs from the n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden and some suggest three hundred years of press freedom is under threat of these norsemen investigates. the world association of newspapers and news publishes isn't an organization everyone has heard of but if you live under a government that violates press freedoms it's likely they will have visited to investigate and document now they've sent out another delegation but not to a war torn failed state or dictatorship it's come here to the u.k. to look into international concerns that the government reaction to the guardian publishing edward snowden's revelations on the n.s.a. was way over the top and very worrying for press freedoms the paper says it's face to shit and threats of legal action we've always as an organization. all over the
world always concerned about a situation especially in the major democracy like u.k. where they can be potentially a risk to. create an exception case of interference between the public authorities the state and the freedom of the press but it is instead of speaking. terms to believe. they could buy. the future of professional journalism it's a big. journal which could actually be. the rights of citizens. and admits the u.k. visit is unprecedented but his openness basin is worried that any violation of the freedom of the press here will give others carte blanche to oppress their own media and throwing away three hundred years of press freedom inside
a single year is not something to be ignored. we're going to return to our top story now on those violent protests in ukraine and to discuss developments in ukraine have european parliament member check he's in brussels and in belgrade. she's a writer on international affairs and and foreign affairs editor of the u.s. based chronicles magazine but we start off with you in brussels your parliamentary group has expressed full support and solidarity with the peaceful protesters in kiev so what do you make of the protests now that they have got extremely violent there. exactly we have expressed our support for peaceful demonstrations as we know for more than a months there were mainly peaceful demonstrations yes yesterday there was violence we strongly condemn the violence and i would also say it's a bit unfair about your t.v. is presenting to your viewers because you show violence you say this is the
opposition opposition wants to overthrow the government and it's supported by the european union so it's not the way we don't suffer or die violently but we do support of course not only in ukraine not only in europe everybody in the world. has been very critical of. being very critical of him a covert chinese anti protest laws but he says they are in line with european standards so why should you are criticizing the way that the police are handling the situation where it appears they were certainly outnumbered last night and inflicted heavy casualties. the changes that happen on the seventeenth of january. this is not in europe and in you know in accordance with europe and europe and guidelines what is needed is dialogue the dialogue is needed of course in their home not in the parliament and especially is needed between the government and the
opposition the representatives of the opposition who are present in the parliament and strewed they all look. everything has to be discussed a lot of violence let me also tell you as i said we condemn the violence not only by political groups today there was a meeting of foreign affairs ministers and. we don't have such here violent let's hear now from. who then do you think is to blame for this outbreak of violence ukrainian government by failing to meet the people's demands because people are clearly happy with the government moment or is the opposition simply failing to keep control of the crowds it's it's encouraging. well it's worse than that because now we're dealing with significant group of highly committed people who are hell bent on regime change through street toggery and by the way the ukrainian legislation. limiting so-called freedom of assembly is no
worse than the recent spanish law about which your own station reported six weeks ago in fact what we're dealing with is a clear attempt to undermine the constitutional order of a major european state and it is truly shocking for european parliamentarians to say that they are still supportive of a process that obviously wants to use street thuggery and mob rule as a means of regime change because if you're playing that which has lost legitimacy what about silvio berlusconi who was under criminal investigation for the best part of ten years that he was in power is italy's prime minister well let me also leave or we let me quickly as legal regime change a change of government that's exactly what the e.u. wants it wants influence over ukraine in the long term it's not the economic aspirations of the government it's actually expansion of words really is that they
want to control and carry on no no no no nono no no no we had we had president elections in ukraine four years ago we had elections these elections were recognized for if there has to be a change of government it has to be done through the elections that the principle of the european union and we supported you mentioned spain you know whether it's greece but it's ready to ukraine russia any other kind of research or exactly why why on the. process while the protest is waiting for that democratic process as an election do you spring twenty fifth. well first of all because i think they're in the president's exactly all my german. i was hoping. exactly what any congress is going to be presidents of both former german foreign minister thus the best available at the barricades and victoria nuland from the state department passing quickies around now can you imagine russian foreign
minister a lot of going to barcelona to support catalan separatists can you imagine be a russian foreign minister going to scotland to glasgow to support scottish separatists some thinkable we are looking at fundamentally flawed concept of you'll standards and when it comes to ukraine what we have witnessed is excessive patience by the government at the street thuggery and the rule of mob this would not have been allowed in washington d.c. would not have been allowed in london and certainly not in brussels label let let's hear your sponsor i hope you will let me also to speak let me to finish what i'm what i'm saying what was the reason for the demonstrations the reason was that president yanukovych the ukrainian or toward peace. refuse at the last moment under the pressure of moscow under the pressure of russia refuse to sign the association
. agreement seems we this is what you wrote let me to let me to talk let me to finish let me to finish a bit what i'm saying that was the reason what brought the people tens of thousands hundreds of thousands of people to do street because that was the constant source in the ukraine the russian autoroute these four for more than a year when negotiating the association agreement then under the pressure of there was no consensus opinion there under the cigarettes and under the time the interests of cutting of the guards and under the we know we know it and we did was confirmed by the ukraine and now we don't lose any of the four you are training between ukraine and let's me to finish here and make a hundred i don't know what i'm playing. to. the i'm sorry you are making factual claims and your trainer actually. cables are apparently yet no i sorry claims really a very clever search or one of those they lay down and that's why no claim we can
no longer have a brain you stand against it in fact right there from what you're saying and there's how easily i was wrong about when distrait. we are looking at a clear cut situation where young the coverage was perfectly within his rights to say no to a horrible deal which had it gone ahead would have cost ukraine tens of billions of euros which it cannot afford when russia came in with fifteen billion rescue package and it's simply that europe wanted to have free access to the ukrainian market for nothing and it was geo political all along they were really trying to stab russia in the soft underbelly over nothing and they largely surgical i mean you could get all that it causes all these protests now seem not to be about the european issue they're about dissent and anger with the ukrainian government now that the e.u. are saying they want to see the will of the ukrainian people being represented in
those protests is that the will of the ukrainian people being represented there. absolutely not this is the one they all called a small group and i highly committed save only one of the three nationally city areas of new york or what we cannot at the same time if you are this is now the way it is we are going to we have a slight problem with the delay from brussels so it's very difficult for people to cut in and then obviously for us to pick up on that but just very briefly i just want to state from both the sort of your closing comments then what you believe is going to be the outcome of what's happened just briefly. the outcome will be european union's ukrainians will realize which side their bread is buttered and that the deal with russia connected not only with economics but with long term traditional spiritual and cultural links makes it imperative for ukraine to keep its equidistance busy europe and russia in the not to come part become part
of the camp which looks upon ukraine as a tool of geopolitical long term game of surrounding and strangle aggression which is bad for ukraine bad for russia and bad for your father word then from the body check please in brussels then it's absolute nonsense it's absolute rubbish it's up to the ukrainian people to decide what do they want better they want the association agreement or what a day one closer relations with russia president yanukovych had the mandate to negotiate the deep and comprehensive free trade make remained association agreement at the last moment under russian pressure he drew from that and danced the reaction of the russian no he didn't as i said we are against violence so let's negotiate let's have a dialogue let's have a round table in kiev but you know as i said that was the cause of the of the death .