Protesters are demanding Ukraine’s interior minister resign immediately after 34-year-old Tetyana Chornovol, an opposition journalist, was savagely beaten after being chased down in her car.
Pro-European Union demonstrators have been occupying central Kiev after Ukraine furthered ties with the European Union, turning to Moscow instead.
Photos of Chornovol’s wounds were held by protesters, who marched on the Interior Ministry in the capital city.
Chornovol was brutally attacked minutes after midnight on Wednesday a couple hours after she published photographs online of what she said was the home of Ukraine’s Interior Minister’s home, Vitaly Zakharchenko’s.
Chornovol has played an active role in the ongoing protests. Last year, she infiltrated the grounds of Ukraine’s President Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych’s home.
Since then, she has published photos online of other senior official’s homes and on Tuesday, she captioned a published a photo of Zakharchenko’s with “Here lives the executioner.”
Hours after being published, Chornovol was chased on a road outside Kiev.
A dashboard camera captured the moment a black Porsche Cayenne crashed into her car before two unknown men jumped out.
“When a very, very posh car is ramming you first on the side, then from behind, then from the front you understand that they’ve been paid already for your life,” Chornovol told Kiev television station Channel 5 as she laid on a hospital bed, beaten and bloodied.
With split and swollen lips, along with a blackened and bruised eye, she said she’s a “revolution activist” and she’s “very well-known journalist [who] made a number of journalistic investigations which are irritating [government officials]”.
Local media reports have said that another opposition activist was stabbed in the eastern city of Kharkiv on Tuesday.
Yanukovich called on police to find the people responsible for that attack on Chornovol—on the same day, two men were detained and a third suspect was detained on Thursday.
After rejecting the EU trade deal, Yanukovich turned to Russia for an aid package that is worth $15 billion that would ease Ukraine’s worsening financial crisis.
Rating agency Standard and Poor’s revised Ukraine’s “B-“ rating to stable, from negative, saying the bailout would cover Ukraine’s financial needs for a year.
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the U.S. embassy in Kiev condemned the attack.
“The United States expresses its grave concern over an emerging pattern of targeted violence and intimidation towards activists and journalists,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
“The United States, in concert with our European partners, will continue to closely watch the disposition of this and other cases,” she said.