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February 19th, 2014
04:28 PM ET

Ukraine protesters stand ground as European, U.S. leaders ramp up pressure

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Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) - Protesters stoked fires along barricade lines as night fell Wednesday over Kiev's Maidan, or Independence Square, a day after 26 people died in violent clashes that have drawn reproach from Western leaders.

An opposition leader said the situation was precarious, but despite the burning fires and police lines, a strange calm pervaded central Kiev - even as security officials rebranded the protesters as terrorists and announced a nationwide security operation to restore order.

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