Ukrainian protesters to become police officers

KIEV, Ukraine - The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said on Monday that it would recruit some of the protesters who clashed with the security forces during the anti-government protests.

Members of opposition groups, including the right-wing Pravyi Sektor, which fought back against the police at the Independence Square in the capital, Kiev, will be recruited by the Interior Ministry as police officers, said Arsen Avakhov, the country's acting interior minister.

Avakhov also said the recruited protesters would decide strategies with the police from now on.

Pravyi Sektor joined the protesters to "defend the Independence Square" during the clashes. The group embodied other groups to fight back against the security forces.

At least 82 people have been killed and over a thousand others have been injured since the protests broke out in late November.

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