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Three months after the first anti-government protests in Ukraine, the country has experienced its deadliest day of political violence, with nine people dying in clashes between demonstrators and police. The beating heart of the pro-Europe, anti-Russia “Euromaidan” movement is in Kiev”s Independence Square (in Ukrainian, Maidan Nezalezhnosti), and the square is currently in flames after a day of police firing rubber bullets at protesters wielding molotov cocktails and fireworks. All this comes a day after Russia, which has urged Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to crush the protests, sent Ukraine $2 billion in aid as a lifeline for its tanking economy.

Now, as night falls in the capital, the independent Ukrainian station Espreso TV is broadcasting a live feed of the surreal scene in Independence Squarea feed punctuated by intermittent explosions, spirited singing, and fiery speeches.

The whole thing is bracing to behold. As Hayes Brown of ThinkProgress wrote on Twitter, “I am currently watching Ukrainian riot police lineup into formation half a world away. The future is terrifying.”

We”ve been warned for some time now that Ukraine”s political standoff could turn increasingly violent, especially since the country is deeply divided, with Euromaidan gaining traction in the countrys west and center while making fewer inroads in the Russian-leaning, Russian-speaking east and south. Writing for The Atlantic from Kiev, David Stern has observed that Ukraine”s opposition movement is itself fundamentally divided, riven by power struggles and diverse ideological camps, including a far-right wing. That means Ukraine”s crisis could persist for a long time even if the protesters manage to extract political reforms, force Yanukovych from power, and stand up a transitional government.

When Ukraine”s protests first broke out, I asked Kateryna Kruk, a 22-year-old activist, why she was taking to the streets. Here”s what she said:

Right now we stand days and nights on frost not to be part of Europe, but TO BE. We want to be a democratic state, we want to have our freedoms back, we want to feel like masters of our own country and not a playing card in someones game. Yanukovych thought he could play with the destinies of 45 million people; we are showing that he cant.

A lot of my friends from European countries wonder why I am taking part in these events. My answer is simple: Who, if not me? I want to live in a better country, I want to have higher standards of life, I want to be proud of where I am from. Thats why Im doing my best to make some changes happen. Im not standing for leaders, for parties. Im standing for myself, for my future.

People standing up for their rights, take that Occupy movement

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Date: 02/19/14 09:42 AM

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  1. Profile photo of canusuck
    canusuck Male 30-39
    796 posts
    February 19, 2014 at 9:39 am
    Link: Live Ukraine - People standing up for their rights, take that Occupy movement
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    chimmeychang Male 30-39
    685 posts
    February 19, 2014 at 11:48 am
    what exactly am i watching?
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    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
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    February 19, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    The fires are surrounding the protest camp that was stormed by the government yesterday. The protests are continuing (that`s what you`re hearing) despite the crackdown.
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    Mikeoxsbiggg Male 30-39
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    February 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm
    Apparently the protesters have seized a number of guns.
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    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
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    February 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm
    "Apparently the protesters have seized a number of guns."

    That`s according to the government, which may just be a way of justifying their "anti-terrorist operation."
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    furrything Male 50-59
    1351 posts
    February 19, 2014 at 1:32 pm
    Ukrainian Govt...."duuh!....maybe da peepul aren`t veddy happy???"
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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    February 19, 2014 at 2:33 pm

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    srximus Male 30-39
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    February 20, 2014 at 10:26 am
    Anti-Goverment protests...with guns...I wonder how this would played out in the UK, USA and France. Oh, yeah. I don`t have to guess. The police, military and any other law enforcemnt would confront armed masses and destroyed them sice they are trying to owerthrow elected goverment.

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