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Amid Clashes, Unclear Roadmap For Peace In Ukraine

Anti-government protesters and police clashed anew Monday in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev after a night of vicious streets battles. Hundreds of protesters, many wearing balaclavas... More Anti-government protesters and police clashed anew Monday in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev after a night of vicious streets battles. Hundreds of protesters, many wearing balaclavas, hurled rocks and stun grenades and police responded with tear gas. The violence has seriously escalated Ukraine's political crisis, which has been marked by two months of largely peaceful protests. The pro-Western protests in Kiev began Nov. 21 after President Viktor Yanukovych shelved a long-planned political and economic treaty with the European Union and then accepted a huge bailout package from Russian President Vladimir Putin instead. The protests swelled to hundreds of thousands — the biggest since Ukraine's 2004 pro-democracy Orange Revolution — after riot police violently broke-up a small peaceful student protest. Clashes broke out on Dec. 1 between radical protesters and police, but demonstrations since then have been peaceful. Less

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