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Ukrainian Journalist Beaten, Left in Ditch

A protester holds a picture of journalist Tetyana Chornovil, who was beaten and left in a ditch just hours after publishing an article on the assets of top government officials, during a protest rally in front of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs Internal Affairs in Kyiv, Dec. 25, 2013.
A protester holds a picture of journalist Tetyana Chornovil, who was beaten and left in a ditch just hours after publishing an article on the assets of top government officials, during a protest rally in front of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs Internal Affairs in Kyiv, Dec. 25, 2013.
Reuters
A Ukrainian opposition activist and journalist known for her investigations into corruption among senior state officials was beaten up by unknown attackers on Wednesday.
 
Tetyana Chornovil was assaulted near the capital Kyiv hours after an article she wrote on the assets of top government officials was published.
 
The 34-year-old, a prominent activist who has given speeches at recent anti-government protests, told police her car was stopped by a vehicle just after midnight. A group of unidentified men got out and broke the rear window of her car.
 
“They then pulled her from the car, beat her and left her in a ditch,” police said in a statement. The statement did not say whether she had been robbed.
 
The freelance journalist was left with a broken nose, concussion and numerous bruises, online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda reported. Opposition activists said she was in intensive care in hospital.
 
Kyiv has been gripped by street protests since late November when President Viktor Yanukovych's government refused to sign an association agreement with the European Union. Weekend rallies have sometimes drawing hundreds of thousands people.
 
Ukraine struck a deal with Russia last week to receive a $15 billion bailout and lower gas prices under a deal that keeps the cash-strapped country in Moscow's orbit.
 
Yanukovich has urged police to find those responsible for Chornovil's beating, his office said.

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