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Live Blog: Kyiv Protesters Dig In

Last updated (GMT/UTC): 11.12.2013 08:47

Riot police try to remove a barricade held by protesters on Independence Square in Kyiv early on December 11.
Riot police try to remove a barricade held by protesters on Independence Square in Kyiv early on December 11.

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22:37
December 11, 2013
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Final Wrapup (barring major events) 

-- EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said following an afternoon meeting that President Viktor Yanukovych pledged that "something should be done in the course of the next 24 hours."

-- Yanukovych then announced he had invited the opposition to participate in dialogue. He added that Ukrainian authorities would "act only within the law and never use force against peaceful assemblies." He also said a delegation would visit Brussels tomorrow to discuss an EU Association Agreement. 

-- Opposition parties have rejected negotiations unless all of their demands are met. UDAR leader Vitali Klitschko said the overnight crackdown on December 10-11 meant that "Yanukovych closed off the path to any kind of compromise."

-- Early on December 11, about 10 hours after police first began to clear Independence Square and other protest sites in Kyiv overnight, police  withdrew from those locations. Thousands of people have returned to Independence Square and are rebuilding barricades. 

-- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland went personally to Independence Square to hand out food to riot police and protesters, then met with President Viktor Yanukovych and said the United States believed it was still possible to save Ukraine's "European future." Secretary of State John Kerry had earlier expressed his "disgust" about the government's overnight actions in Kyiv. A State Department spokesperson said all options, including sanctions, were on the table. 

Glenn Kates and RFE/RL editors
22:13
December 11, 2013
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Via Reuters: U.S. State Department spokesman Jen Psaki told reporters today the U.S. is considering all options, including sanctions on Ukraine.

"All policy options, including sanctions, are on the table, in our view, but obviously that still is being evaluated," Psaki told reporters.
22:12
December 11, 2013
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Video of the brawl between Georgian lawmakers earlier today.

Giorgi Baramidze, from former President Mikhail Saakashvili's United National Movement had proposed a resolution supporting pro-EU protesters in Ukraine and condemning police violence.But a member of the ruling Georgia Dream, Soso Jachvliani, said he should also "officially condemn the violent dismissal of opposition protests in Tbilisi in 2007 and 2011," when his party was in power.

22:10
December 11, 2013
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Via our Ukrainian Service:
The opposition has appealed a court order to vacate the trade union building, which has become a de-facto opposition headquarters since December 1. The opposition says the court order is illegal.
22:10
December 11, 2013
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Reports of celebratory fireworks on Independence Square tonight.


22:06
December 11, 2013
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Via Reuters: U.S. State Department spokesman Jen Psaki told reporters today the U.S. is considering all options, including sanctions on Ukraine.

"All policy options, including sanctions, are on the table, in our view, but obviously that still is being evaluated," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, declining to specify what kinds of sanctions may be under consideration.
20:31
December 11, 2013
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In an interview with Russian television personality Kseniya Sobchak, Vitali Klitschko says "Ukrainians are ready to be patient" in the face of short-term consequences of Russian trade sanctions that could come with signing an EU Association Agreement. 

Klitschko leads the opposition Udar (punch) party.
20:02
December 11, 2013
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Reports on the ground portray a sense of revelry and pride among protesters for withstanding yesterday's riot police raids. Authorities succeeded in tearing down barricades surrounding Independence Square, but by all accounts the mini tent-city appears to be rising again. 


19:56
December 11, 2013
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Oleh Tyahnybok is the leader of the far-right Svoboda party and of the three main opposition leaders. 

19:36
December 11, 2013
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Interfax reports that 20 people were hospitalized following clashes last night -- 11 law enforcement personnel and nine protesters, according to the Kyiv health department.

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by: Dr. Kumrovec from: Slowekistan
December 11, 2013 08:42
The Ukrainian regime must answer to the international community for this latest massacre against pro-democracy activists! The police beating its own citizens is unheard of among Free nations. This regime gotta go. Lock and load baby.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 11, 2013 13:47
Right, Hillary, this "regime" will go - the same way as the "regime" of Bashar al-Assad had to go last September after the US "bombed" it so efficiently :-)).
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
December 11, 2013 15:07
Here new Reigh Europe going again!
You know, Slowekistan-maher, encouraged by Russia,
As Russia, as Germany, pushing Ukraine be colony, to maim,
If not for in-fluxing-blackmailing Russia - for geshefty Prussia.
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by: J. V. Stalin from: Moscow
December 11, 2013 23:13
Terrorists, lackeys of the fascists and traitors. Just like old times. I knew how to deal with them! Time to bring back the cattle cars and book them one-way tickets to northern Siberia!

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 11, 2013 13:20
VIDEO: Scuffles erupt as Ukraine advances towards bright European future - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VsaFLG0K6o&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
December 11, 2013 15:14
Here new Russian Empire going again!
You know, "Eugenio-sdelala", encouraging Prussia,
As Russia, as Germany, pushing Ukraine be colony, to maim,
If not for geshefting Prussia - for in-fluxing-blackmailing Russia.

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
December 11, 2013 15:33
I wish the opposition and many other Ukrainians,
Supporting independence, would be better organized.
The point is not split, provoked by master-plan of Russians,
Into pro-Russians and pro-Germans - but master all sides,
As true Masters of Ukraine's destiny - as free people.

It is still possible to call to order both pushing forces.
Free Trade is not monopoly of the two conspirators,
But mutually beneficially for all trade partners door,
Russia and Germany closing, using pro-Russians
And pseudo-pro-Germans. Who is now stealing?

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 11, 2013 18:30
VIDEO: US 'disgusted' with Ukraine's govt's crackdown on protesters - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mege5aD9FiM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 12, 2013 08:34
Today (Thursday) some of the organizers of the protests are calling its participants to remain on the Maidan for "at least 6 more days". So, it kind of sounds like the people feel that the party is coming to its end and already feel like they would like to go home, but those who invited them really want the party to last a little longer - just to make some more noise to annoy the neighbours a little more. So, they keep insisting: please do stay a little longer :-)).

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