Lutsenko hospitalised as Ukraine authorities face political fallout

Ukrainian opposition leader and former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko remains hospitalized in intensive care on January 11, a day after riot police officers severely beat him when he tried to intervene as police clashed with demonstrators.

The assault on Lutsenko, one of a small number of Ukrainian politicians known internationally, drew condemnation in the West and may spur a movement by opposition leaders and EuroMaidan activists for economic and visa sanctions against some Ukrainian officials. The US Senate is considering such options and its Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on Ukraine on January 15.

In a video message on January 11, Lutsenko’s fellow opposition leader Vitali Klitschko renewed his call to the West for targeted economic and visa sanctions against Ukrainian officials involved in human rights abuses.

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