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Ukraine chaos: Guardsman killed as radical right-wing nationalists attack police in Kiev

Published 31/08/2015

Activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an
Activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKUSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
A smoke grenade flies over police during a clash between protesters and police after a vote to give greater powers to the east in front of the Parliament n Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Flags of the of nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party seen in the background as police clash with protesters, after a vote to give greater powers to the east in front of the Parliament, in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Police officers give medical aid after a grenade blast during a clash between protesters and police after vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Vladimir Donsov)
Police officers carry their injured colleague after grenade exploded during a clash between protesters and police after vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Vladimir Donsov)
Police officers give a medical aid after grenade blast during a clash between protesters and police after a vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Vladimir Donsov)
Police officers give a medical aid to a colleague injured after a grenade blast during a clash between protesters and police after a vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Vladimir Donsov)
Yulia Tymoshenko, former prime minister and Fatherland party leader, center, speaks as lawmakers surround a rostrum in the Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Police officers give medical aid to a colleague after a grenade blast during a clash between protesters and police after vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Vladimir Donsov)
Ukrainian protesters clash with police after a vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
TOPSHOTS Smoke rises near the parliament building in Kiev as activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Police officers help a wounded colleague during clashes with activists of few radical Ukrainian parties in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev on Monday after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO/ YURIY KIRNICHNYYURIY KIRNICHNY/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Police officers help a wounded colleague during clashes with activists of few radical Ukrainian parties in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev on Monday after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO/ YURIY KIRNICHNYYURIY KIRNICHNY/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Police officers help a wounded colleague during clashes with activists of few radical Ukrainian parties in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev on Monday after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO/ YURIY KIRNICHNYYURIY KIRNICHNY/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Police officers help wounded colleagues during clashes with activists of few radical Ukrainian parties in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev on Monday after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO/ YURIY KIRNICHNYYURIY KIRNICHNY/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Activists of few radical Ukrainian parties clash with police officers in front og the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev on Monday after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Smoke rises from the parliament building in Kiev as activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKUSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Smoke rises from the parliament building in Kiev as activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKUSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS People try to pull shields away from officers as activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKUSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
A girl walks by policemen standing guard during a protest by activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers load a wounded colleague into a police car during clashes with activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers help a wounded colleague during clashes with activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
Activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
Activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), demonstrate, in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
Deputies of Ukrainian Radical Party block the platform to prevent voting at the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev on Monday after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
Deputies of Ukrainian Radical Party block the platform to prevent voting at the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev on Monday after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
Smoke rises near the parliament building in Kiev as activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
Smoke rises near the parliament building in Kiev as activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images
Activists of few radical Ukrainian parties clash with police officers in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev on Monday after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
A police officer drinks water after being slightly wounded during clashes with activists of few radical Ukrainian parties in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev on Monday after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers help wounded colleagues during clashes with activists of few radical Ukrainian parties in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev on Monday after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO/ YURIY KIRNICHNYYURIY KIRNICHNY/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers help a wounded colleague during clashes with activists of few radical Ukrainian parties in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev on Monday after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO/ YURIY KIRNICHNYYURIY KIRNICHNY/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers help wounded colleagues during clashes with activists of few radical Ukrainian parties in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev on Monday after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO/ YURIY KIRNICHNYYURIY KIRNICHNY/AFP/Getty Images
Activists of few radical Ukrainian parties clash with police officers in front of the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev on Monday after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
Smoke rises from the parliament building in Kiev as activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKUSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
Smoke rises from the parliament building in Kiev as activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKUSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
Smoke rises from the parliament building in Kiev as activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKUSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
Smoke rises from the parliament building in Kiev as activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKUSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
People try to pull shields away from officers as activists of radical Ukrainian parties, including the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), clash with police officers in front o the parliament in Kiev on August 31, 2015. At least 20 were wounded in clashes outside parliament in Kiev after lawmakers gave initial approval to constitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A loud blast was heard outside parliament shortly after the bill was passed, an AFP journalist said. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor and top lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that attackers threw a hand grenade at National Guard troops guarding the building in what he called an "act of provocation." AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKUSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

One police officer has been killed and about 100 others injured in clashes outside Ukraine's parliament, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said.

Police and nationalist protesters clashed outside the Supreme Rada on Monday afternoon after a controversial vote to give greater power to separatist regions in the east.

At least some of the officers were injured when an object thrown from the crowd of protesters exploded.

No injuries were immediately reported among the 100 demonstrators, most of them members of Svoboda, a far right-wing nationalist party that holds only a handful of seats in parliament.

Mr Avakov said injuries were caused by "several explosive devices thrown by the people wearing Svoboda Party T-shirts, who provoked clashes with the National Guard in front of the Rada.”

A military conflict between government troops and Russia-backed separatists has been raging since April 2014, claiming more than 6,800 lives.

Devolving powers to the regions was a condition of a truce signed in Minsk in February aimed at ending the fighting. But some Ukrainians oppose changing the constitution, saying that it would threaten the country's sovereignty and independence.

A total of 265 deputies in the 450-seat parliament gave preliminary approval today to the changes proposed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Three parties that are part of the majority coalition in parliament, however, opposed the constitutional changes.

"This is not a road to peace and not a road to decentralisation," said the leader of one of those parties, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. "This is the diametrically opposite process, which will lead to the loss of new territories."

Parliament speaker Vladimir Groisman denied that the changes would lead to the loss of the Donetsk region, where there have been clashes with separatists. "There is no hint of federalism. Ukraine was, is and will be a unified state," he said.

A final vote on the constitutional changes is to be held during parliament's autumn session, which begins tomorrow.

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