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Ukraine President, protest leaders agree on truce

Ukraine Protests

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's embattled president and leaders of the protests roiling the country agreed Wednesday on a truce, following a flareup of violence that left at least 26 people dead in the capital.

A brief statement on the presidential website said President Viktor Yanukovych met with opposition leaders and they called for a truce and for negotiations on ending bloodshed to begin.

The statement did not give details of what a truce would entail or how it would be implemented.

The statement also did not specify how the negotiations would be conducted or give an indication of how they could be different from previous meetings of the president and the opposition leaders.

But one of the protest leaders, Vitali Klitschko, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying after the meeting that Yanukovych had ensured them there would be no attempt to storm the protesters' encampment on the main square of downtown Kiev.

There, flames from burning barricades of tires and refuse leapt into the air for a second night, as protesters demanding Yanukovych's resignation showed no sign of yielding.

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LED ZEPPLIN February 20 2014 at 12:57 PM

America. Enjoy your perogies. Enjoy sweet bread. Kielbasa. And government cheese. Ukrainians are and were the lifeblood and workforce of the Industrial age not to mention the Poles and the Germans . The Italians and of course those Puerto Ricans that we didnt like but secretly looked at their women with envy. Those sexy PR women drive a man crazy.
Oops back to the Ukies.....The reason the government there wants a truce is because you cannot beat these people into submission.
They are not Russia. Not EU . They are a Independant country completely self reliant. The best land and the best food and livestock comes from the Ukraine.
The Russians and the EU are looking over their borders and they want what is not theirs.....
Thank your Baba tonight you sleep in a warm American bed

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charmaine February 20 2014 at 11:45 AM

These people are trying to get their freedom back. The existing government needs to compromise and accept the terms the civilians are seeking. There is no problem too big to solve-I am hoping calm will exist and that the outcome will be Freedom for the people of the Ukraine-give them rights like we have in the USA, a fair salary, a future that is bright, a better life for all Ukranians . The time is now-stop killing each other- My heart goes out to the families who have personal losses and injuries.
Freedom is not free!

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David..BRAAPP February 20 2014 at 12:13 PM

You do realize we are following in the same foot steps as other nations, We just have our politicians and the media keeping us fighting amongst one another while our Centralized Government rapes and pillages our Rights ,Liberties,and Freedoms. With over Taxation,Regulation,Obscene social programs that only Leeds to dependency.

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vhee52 February 20 2014 at 11:36 AM

Geesus........shut the eff up and let him do his job! Better yet use your voice for support! These people are begging for our help!

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endmillll February 20 2014 at 10:21 AM

Now you see why i like the 2nd amendment.

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endmillll February 20 2014 at 10:21 AM

I hope OBAMA can get the guns back from the mexicans he lost and maybe send them too the uKkraine's.

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Bobby Brown February 20 2014 at 9:03 AM

WHAT ??????---I guess the President Yanu"" got scared with Obama's red line threat-----HA HA

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wgwatkins February 20 2014 at 7:55 AM

Obama is setting us up for the same thing. Watch and wait.

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pizzamy9 February 20 2014 at 7:25 AM

after 3 days of golf , obama will need another vacation before deciding what to do. and then like obamacare that will change on a daily basis

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pizzamy9 February 20 2014 at 7:16 AM

wooooooooo i bet they are shaking in there shoes, after 3 days of golfing , obama says there will be consiquences and there are lines that can't be crossed. we all seen his lines ,washed away by the tide, he should just shut up. there is no one that fears the whimp. he lost all credability around the world.

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jguss69 February 20 2014 at 6:08 AM

we need to worry about our loss of freedoms first , charity begins at home

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