UKRAINE POLICE CLOSE ON PROTESTERS, AT LEAST FIVE REPORTED DEAD

18.02.14



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KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian riot police advanced on the heart of 12-week-old protests against President Viktor Yanukovich on Tuesday and security forces set a deadline to end disturbances after at least five protesters were reported killed in a day of clashes.

Forces loyal to the Russian-backed leader broke through front-line barricades near the Dynamo Kiev football stadium and marched to the edge of occupied Independence Square hours after Moscow gave Ukraine $2 billion (1 billion pounds) in aid it had been holding back to demand decisive action to crush the pro-European protests.

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See also: 

Euronews: Ukraine: high tension in Kyiv as government deadline expires [Live updates]

Channel 4 News: Deaths in Kiev as Ukraine protests erupt into fresh violence

ITV News: 'At least nine dead' amid escalating Ukraine violence

BBC News: Ukraine: Deadly clashes around parliament in Kiev.


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