In Ukraine, Fighting Shatters a Truce

Feb 20, 2014 | 13:30 GMT

In Ukraine, Fighting Shatters a Truce
Anti-government protesters take cover while under fire, reportedly from a police sniper, during clashes in Kiev on Feb. 20.



A truce between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and the country's main opposition lasted less than a night, with new deaths and the capture of police officers reported on the morning of Feb. 20. Yanukovich, as well as Vitali Klitschko, one of the opposition leaders, traded blame for the latest violence as European leaders scrambled to defuse the crisis. The continuation of violence puts to question the level of control that Yanukovich and the prominent protest leaders have over the events on the streets and the role that Western governments — and the Kremlin — play in calming or inciting the protests.

An outbreak of violence after a truce calls the Ukrainian government's and protest leaders' degree of control into question. ...

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