Pro-Russia demonstrators in Kharkiv, Ukraine, the country's second largest city, bloodied supporters of the new Ukrainian government on a day when Russian President Vladimir Putin got permission from his parliament to use troops in Ukraine. (March 1)
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Kharkiv, Ukraine -- March 1, 2014
1. Wide of pro-Europe protesters being brought out of City Hall and beaten by pro-Russian protesters
2. Mid of two young men being beaten while brought through the crowd
3. Mid of crowd chanting
4. Mid of protesters being dragged on their knees
5. Mid of a young boy being dragged through the crowd
6. Mid of crowd beating up a protester,
7. Mid of wounded man with bandage on his head
8. Wide high angle of crowd
9. Various of Ukrainian writer Serhij Zhadan being walked through square by police
10. Mid of protester with bloodied face being taken by policeman into ambulance
11. Mid of man being taken away by policemen
12. Mid of man with bloodied face
13. Wide of protester in angry crowd
14. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vox Pop, no names given:
Male: "I welcome Russia. I think what's happening here is just a small provocation. I think we are closer to Russia than the West."
Reporter Question: Would you like the country to join with Russia?
"One hundred percent!"
Female: "Referendum, we need to have a referendum in the country. Let's ask the people where they want to go."
15. Wide of man flying Russian flag from City Hall building window
16. Various of people on top of City Hall building, holding Russian flags
Pro-Russian demonstrations broke out in major cities in eastern and southern Ukraine on Saturday, as Russian President Vladimir Putin was granted parliamentary permission to use troops to protect Russians in the country.
Demonstrators in the country's second largest city of Kharkhiv raised the Russian flag over the city hall after a demonstration turned violent.
Russia supporters clashed with backers of the Ukrainian government who were guarding the building and government supporters were left beaten and bloodied.
Ukrainian media also reported pro-Russians demonstrations in Donetsk and Odessa. All three cities have large Russian-speaking populations.
"I welcome Russia," said one man who gathered in the square in Kharkhiv.
"I think what's happening here is just a small provocation. I think we are closer to Russia than the West," he added.
When asked whether he would prefer Ukraine to be part of Russia, he answered "One hundred percent!"
Saturday's developments were a marked escalation of conflict between the two countries, which started when Ukraine's pro-Russian president was pushed out by a protest movement of people who wanted closer ties to Europe.
Support for Russia remains strong in the industrial eastern regions, which depend on Russian natural gas supplies and the vast Russian market.
Many in the mainly Russia-speaking east and south want close ties with Russia.