Ukrainian journalist Tetyana Chornovil badly beaten up

Wednesday 25 December 2013 12.10
A protester holds a photo showing Tetyana Chornovil's injuries during a picket at the Internal Affairs Ministry in Kiev this morning
A protester holds a photo showing Tetyana Chornovil's injuries during a picket at the Internal Affairs Ministry in Kiev this morning

A Ukrainian opposition activist and journalist known for her investigations into corruption among senior state officials was beaten up by unknown attackers this morning.

Tetyana Chornovil was assaulted near the capital Kiev 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.

Kiev 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 drawn hundreds of thousands people.

President Yanukovych has urged police to find those responsible for Ms Chornovil's beating, his office said.