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February 20th, 2014
05:19 PM ET

In Ukraine, tense standoff after day marked by deaths, sniper fire

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Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) - Protesters and government forces maintained a tense standoff Thursday night amid claims of sniper fire on the part of government forces and kidnapping of police by protesters, escalations that threatened to further destabilize the already precarious situation in this highly divided nation.

Earlier, authorities and protesters fought pitched battles in the streets near Independence Square, with protesters tossing rocks and firebombs at police under a sky blackened by smoke from their burning barricades. At least one protester fired toward police lines with a shotgun.

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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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