SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — A health official says at least 20 people have been injured in clashes between pro- and anti-Russian protesters in Ukraine's strategic Crimea region.
The violence erupted as two competing rallies met outside the regional parliament, which was to hold a crisis session on the turmoil that has gripped the country.
About 20,000 Muslim Tatars rallied in support of Ukraine's interim government, while a smaller pro-Russian group called for stronger ties with Russia.
The protesters shouted and attacked each other with stones, bottles and punches, as police and leaders of both rallies struggled to keep the two groups apart.
An ambulance doctor, who only gave his first name, Vladimir, because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media, said that about 20 people were injured in the clashes.