KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The head of Ukraine's police says protesters have released two officers they seized and tortured, but a protest leader says the claim is a provocation aimed at justifying a crackdown.
Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko, one of the government figures despised most by protesters, said Saturday the two officers were released with the help of negotiations by foreign embassies. He says they had been hospitalized, but did not give details of how they allegedly were abused.
Zakharchenko earlier said the officers were seized by volunteer security guards of the protest gatherings in Kiev. But the commandant of the corps, Mykhailo Blavatsky, tells The Associated Press that no police had been seized.