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Violent clashes in Ukraine leave 9 dead

Posted: February 18, 2014 9:36 a.m.
Updated: February 18, 2014 9:36 a.m.
 

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's festering political crisis has turned deadly, with at least nine people reported killed and scores injured in violent clashes between anti-government demonstrators and police in Kiev.

The government shut down subway stations in the center of the capital and threatened to restore order, but an evening deadline passed Tuesday with no immediate police action.

Olha Bilyk, spokeswoman for the Kiev city police, told The Associated Press that two policemen were killed, likely by gunshot wounds, and 7 civilians died, including three who were shot. The clashes outside parliament erupted after the opposition accused the government of ignoring its demands in the nearly three-monthlong protests.

As darkness fell, opposition leaders warned that security forces may be preparing to clear a sprawling protest tent camp on Kiev's Independence Square.

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