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Live Blog: Kyiv Protests Continue As Deadlines Loom

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

Standoff Between Protesters, Police In Kyiv
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Standoff Between Protesters, Police In Kyiv


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 on several streets.

-- 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
12:49 9.12.2013
The talk this afternoon among journalists appears to be of an imminent crackdown. According to "Kyiv Post," a Svoboda party leader said police were preparing water cannons.

Activists inside the building have set up defense mechanisms.

This is right outside City Hall.

12:52 9.12.2013
Tweet from the Fatherland party says that roads approaching Independence Square are surrounded on all sides by security forces.

12:58 9.12.2013
12:59 9.12.2013

13:01 9.12.2013
13:03 9.12.2013
Protesters preparing inside an occupied Kyiv administration building.

13:04 9.12.2013
Only members of the press are being allowed by police to pass through the cordon into the Kyiv City Hall, according to "Kyiv Post." There are 200-300 people inside.
13:05 9.12.2013
13:07 9.12.2013
According to a "Kyiv Post" editor.

13:10 9.12.2013
An opposition leader, Yuri Lutsenko, tries to calm protesters, telling them there has been no order to disperse the crowds.

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