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Security forces have begun removing protesters' barricades in Kyiv, while President Yanukovych calls for a "national roundtable" with government and opposition representatives.

December 09, 2013

Standoff Between Protesters, Police In Kyivi
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December 09, 2013
Near the presidential administration building in Kyiv, protesters faced off with riot police.

Standoff Between Protesters, Police In Kyiv


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01:55
December 10, 2013
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Final Post (barring major developments)

--December 8 live blog here

-- President Viktor Yanukovych announced he had accepted a plan to hold a "national roundtable" with the opposition. In a statement on his official website, he said he plans on meeting with the three former Ukrainian presidents on December 10. 

-- Towards early evening, riot police surrounded several protests encampments near the government quarter, beginning the process of taking down barricades and encampments. Protesters and police are now locked in standoff as police slowly reclaim territory. 

-- Security forces raided the offices of the Batkivschyna (Fatherland) political party of Yulia Tymoshenko, taking the party's servers. The Interior Ministry issued a statement later, saying they were investigating fraudulent claims to property. 

-- The raid and the moves to tear down protest camps have prompted indignation from the West. U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden "expressed deep concern" in a phone call with Yanukovych. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, who is flying to Kyiv on Tuesday, said the events "seriously risk" derailing a chance at compromise. 

Glenn Kates
00:44
December 10, 2013
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Ashton releases a statement just hours before her scheduled trip to Ukraine:

"On the eve of my visit to Kyiv, I follow with concern the reports that police forces forcibly entered the office of the biggest opposition party, Batkivshchyna. This comes on the afternoon of the same day that President Yanukovych proposed the establishment of a national roundtable, bringing together the leaders of all political forces and the three former Presidents of Ukraine. These latest events seriously risk to derail the process. I call on the Ukrainian authorities to exercise utmost restraint and refrain from any further use of force, in order to give space for a negotiated solution out of the current political stalemate."
22:35
December 09, 2013
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Video on Ukrainian TV of police removing barricades. 

22:11
December 09, 2013
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21:45
December 09, 2013
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Freedom House, a U.S. based watchdog, says that Yanukovych should resign.
21:30
December 09, 2013
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Statement from the Office of Vice President Joe Biden:

In a phone call today with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Vice President Biden expressed his deep concern about the situation in Ukraine and the growing potential for violence.  The Vice President underscored the need to immediately de-escalate the situation and begin a dialogue with opposition leaders on developing a consensus way forward for Ukraine.  He noted that violence has no place in a democratic society and is incompatible with our strategic relationship.  The Vice President reaffirmed the strong support of the United States for Ukraine’s European aspirations and welcomed President Yanukovych’s commitment to maintaining this path.  He underscored the close alignment of the United States and the European Union, and welcomed the upcoming visits of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and State Department Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland to Kyiv.
21:29
December 09, 2013
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Reuters reports that U.S. Vice President Biden tells Yanukovych: "Violence has no place in a democratic society and is incompatible with our strategic relationship."
21:18
December 09, 2013
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20:46
December 09, 2013
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20:45
December 09, 2013
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From earlier in the evening, Vitali Klitschko negotiating with riot police. 

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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 09, 2013 15:50
According to Ukrainian news outlets, riot police - covered with snow - started pushing the the pro-EU losers away from the administrative buildings they had started blocking yesterday (Sunday). Are we about to witness the Bashar al-Assad moment of Victor Yanoukowitsch, after the German agent Klitschko thought he was going to become the Ukrainian General al-Sisi? Where is Hillary Clinton, I am sure she will have a lot of interesting things to say on this matter :-)).

by: Mamuka
December 09, 2013 18:05
So Krawchuk and Kuchma are "elder statesmen" now, being invited to the "round table" and somehow representing the interests of the oppostion? interesno

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 10, 2013 16:41
You, guys, actually have some entertaining videos accompanying your article entitled "Yanukovych In Talks With Western Leaders". The video located above appear to demonstrate an example of the Ukrainian national sport: pushing shields against the riot police. Those who push the other side out of the street win - and the riot police won this time around, but one can be sure that the bankrupt pro-EU "freedom fighters" will come back for the second round :-).
And if one thinks about it, it is much healthier to be now on the streets of Kiev with this fresh frosty air filled with snow, doing some exercises with the shields and the riot police - while losers like myself are sitting here in front of the computer screen and watching the Ukrainians push each other back and forth. This sport should be interenationally recognized and be represented as one of the Olympic sports in Brasil in 2016 :-)!

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 11, 2013 06:49
Well, it seems like last night my predictions of the inevitability of the Bashar al-Assad moment of Victor Yanoukowitsch have turned out to be correct. And what are the Beavuses going to do in this situation in order to support their friends on the Maidan? Correct: they will bomb Donetsk with the same precision and efficacy with which they bombed Damascus back in September :_)).

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