A police officer stands guard in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on September 1, 2015, near the site where a police officer died during clashes in front of the parliament on August 31. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY
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Ukraine was in shock Tuesday after fierce clashes outside parliament killed three policemen and wounded 140 people as tensions flared over controversial legislation giving more autonomy to pro-Russian rebels.It was the worst unrest in Kiev since a bloody uprising ousted a Moscow-backed president in early 2014, unleashing a separatist insurgency in the industrial east that has killed thousands of people.Kiev and the West accuse Russia of backing the rebels with weapons and troops, a claim the Kremlin denies.Kiev police said a number of politicians suspected of organizing the clashes, including firebrand Svoboda leader Oleg Tiagnybok, would be questioned.Kiev police said 18 people, including a member of Svoboda's paramilitary wing accused of firing the grenade, remain in detention.On Tuesday, two more members of the National Guard succumbed to their injuries, one of them after spending nearly 24 hours in a coma.
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