Gunfire in Kiev's Independence Square Thursday shattered a truce declared hours earlier between the Ukrainian government and anti-government protesters.
According to the chief of the National Resistance Headquarters' medical service Sviatoslav Khanenko, more than 60 people were killed on Thursday with the number of casualties expected to rise.
Speaking through the Svoboda party faction's press service, the medical service chief described the attack by government forces:
"According to preliminary reports, over 60 people had been killed as of 1520 today, on February 20, 2014, alone... They are using ordinary combat and armor-piercing bullets, and they are shooting to kill, aiming at the head, neck, chest, and stomach.
The main places of concentration of those killed and injured are on Instytutska Street, near Freedom Palace (the former Zhovtnevy Palace), the Ukrayina hotel, and near the Kozatsky hotel on Mykhailivska Street. A female volunteer medical worker has also been gravely wounded in her neck."