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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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coolevil February 19 2014 at 7:14 PM

as far as Im concerned HATGASBILL needs a ******* beating.

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calderasf February 19 2014 at 7:17 PM

Talk about Mr. Personality with that pic yikes. Russia is not the answer for the Ukraine the people are speaking quite loudly about the pres. betrayal of joining the free EU to be under the thumb of the Putin dictatorship.

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ramonbatt calderasf February 19 2014 at 7:46 PM

I m happy to read a true comment. I thank you. Very true. They want freedom. Where is Obama? I for got this protest is about freedom. Our government only supports power and control. Shame on us. I m 100% for the Ukraine people. They are fighting for all the right reasons. Freedom from control of Russia.

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lrn2wrk4it calderasf February 19 2014 at 8:53 PM

Do you always judge a book by it's cover?

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echand5000 February 19 2014 at 10:48 PM

Why is is so hard for people to obtain freedom, from the Soviet Bloc ? It seems to me that the people of Ukraine have already made their allegiance to the west, in blood. God bless the people in the Ukraine, that want allegiance to the west and their personal freedom!

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Linda February 19 2014 at 10:26 PM

Did you read that Obama issued a warning to them LMAOOO as if Obama has any power over anything. What a moron.

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ae12wrangell February 19 2014 at 9:55 PM

You keep on believing that pile of (bleep). As for the truce, I give until about Saturday, if even, before somebody starts it up all over again.

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pathfinder5834 ae12wrangell February 19 2014 at 10:21 PM

Ya...they probably ran out of rubber bullets and ammo....lol

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godivasf February 19 2014 at 9:23 PM

“Ukraine has long been a world breadbasket due to its fertile conditions. The country, as of 2011, was the world's third-largest grain exporter. In 2011, the harvest was much larger than average harvest, and export fees had been lowered. Ukraine is one of ten most attractive agricultural land acquisition regions.

“Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Ukraine continues to maintain the second-largest military in Europe, after that of Russia.”

Above from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine.

What can I add? The European Union NEEDS Ukraine! Why? The European Union has almost NO military of its own. Ukraine has a very long history of feeding Europe, let alone the rest of the world! Napoleon wanted Ukraine; Hitler wanted Ukraine; EVERYBODY wants Ukraine!

Putin’s Russian Federation has Her OWN military power and PLENTY of land to feed Russia. (This is NOT to say Russia likely wouldn’t enjoy a few delicacies from Ukraine—nor some agricultural assistance to develop The Russian Federation’s agricultural prospects.)

That Ukraine is plagued with issues of corruption is NOT a new story there—or anywhere—and likely LESS corruption than “right here in Virginia City” (that would be the good ole USA)!

Vladimir Putin gave Ukraine a lifeline to freedom and NOT a tether to The Russian Federation (or even to The CIS).

“The Commonwealth of Independent States [The CIS]…a regional organization whose participating countries are former Soviet Republics, formed during the breakup of the Soviet Union. The CIS is a loose association of states. Although Ukraine was one of the three founding countries and ratified the Creation Agreement in December 1991, Ukraine did not choose to ratify the CIS Charter. In 1993 Ukraine became an ‘Associate Members’ of CIS.” From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_of_Independent_States.

Ukraine DESERVES to be recognized as a major independent world player—She has The Resources, The Peoples, and The Power to be so recognized—and ESPECIALLY by The European Union, The United Nations, and The USA. The Russian Federation knows all too well that Ukraine has struggled long and hard to preserve Her Territory and Her Peoples and SHOULD be so recognized.

Any questions? Godiva

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dawnmuse79 godivasf February 19 2014 at 10:03 PM

Are you in San Francisco?

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aoversier February 19 2014 at 9:53 PM

Love Democracy, hate communism...........simple as that

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fernandezarthr February 19 2014 at 9:22 PM

.....To late for Talks...........He should have said that from the Beginning........He Got Freedom BLOOD in his Hands, ...and that Blood is NOT CHEAP..........the Fight Continues till the Tyrant leaves!!!............to Hell with everything,........You Have come this Far!!>>>>>You can NOT go Back!.......

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suncruzma February 19 2014 at 9:12 PM

good idea it is a start

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RockNHula February 19 2014 at 9:10 PM

When you want to win a war, you need to accept the cost--body count, and go for it. Each side here isn't motivated enough to take that step. If the opposition does, they win. If the government does, they can prolong their rule. in either of those senarios thousands die. The alternative is the situation festers. Neat to live in America!

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Kate RockNHula February 19 2014 at 9:26 PM

It isn't a war. It's a civil protest nobody WANTS to become a war. You seem to be completely ignoring the point of the article: negotiations are about to begin.

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dawnmuse79 Kate February 19 2014 at 10:12 PM

"Negotiations?" Now THAT is funny. These "negotiations" are simply for stalling the inevitable. Putin wants the Olympics to be over before he gets in there with tanks ..... These people don't "negotiate" ... people like Yanukovych and Putin, that is. This whole thing started last November and there were plenty of times Yanukovych could have called for a truce and negotiations. There are demonstrations in ALL of Ukraine's major cities and even the countryside..... but our press doesn't carry that.

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dawnmuse79 Kate February 19 2014 at 10:14 PM

"Negotiations?" read: stalling the inevitable. The protests started back in November .. and Yanukovych had plenty of time to call for negotiations ... This is simply stalling until the Olympics are over ..

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