Ukraine detains 12 riot police for ‘mass murder’

Twelve members of Ukraine’s disbanded ‘Berkut’ riot police have been detained on suspicion of shooting peaceful participants in Kiev’s months-long anti-government protests.

More than 100 people were killed, most by police snipers, on the streets of the capital in the run-up to the ouster of Viktor Yanukovich on February 21st and the ‘Berkut’ force have largely been considered responsible.

“By this morning 12 people had been detained, all of them suspected of mass murder on Institutska Street,” a spokesman for Ukraine’s general prosecutor said today.