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Death Toll Rises as Ukraine Protests Continue

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The ministry of health says that 25 people have died and over 240 were injured during the clashes between police and protesters in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

The Ukrainian president is blaming opposition leaders for the deadly violence that has erupted in central Kiev.

In a statement published online early Wednesday, President Viktor Yanukovych said that he had already made several attempts to compromise, but that opposition leaders “crossed a line when they called people to arms.”

Yanukovych said opposition leaders had to “draw a boundary between themselves and radical forces,” or else “acknowledge that they are supporting radicals. Then the conversation … will already be of a different kind.”

For more background on the events leading up to Wednesday morning’s surge in violence, read the Ukrainian Journal’s early report from February 18th.

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