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    Protesters use fireworks against berkut - the riot police, who are using Molotov cocktails, etc.






    Until now there was a restriction that water cannons were not to be used when the temperature is below zero, but they were using them anyway. Today, restrictions were lifted by the government, and they are using them 'legally' - temperature there now is -10.

    The government has also expanded what can be used by their forces, including smoke and gas grenades.
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    "Liberty or death"



    Early morning, Jan. 23 there

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    January 22, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:


    “Canada condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of protesters by Ukrainian police forces. My deputy minister has called in the Ukrainian ambassador to express Canada’s condemnation of the violence that occurred last night.


    “We strongly urge the Ukrainian government to find a political solution by engaging in a real dialogue with the people of Ukraine. Continued violence will further undermine democracy and freedom in Ukraine and bring serious consequences. Canada, together with our international partners, is considering all possible options.


    “On behalf of all Canadians, I extend heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed yesterday. Canada stands with the Ukrainian people, who courageously continue to speak out in support of democracy.”

    http://www.international.gc.ca/media...14/01/22a.aspx

    Baird was at Maidan Dec. 5 to express support of Canada for the people of Ukraine.

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    Winnipeg Rally

    The Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Manitoba Provincial Council calls on all members of the community to come to a rally in support of Ukraine and against dictatorship, which will be held on FRIDAY 24 January, 2014 at 5:30pm in front of the Taras Shevchenko Monument on the grounds of the Manitoba Provincial Legislative Building.

    Following the demonstration, speakers and rally participants are invited to a community Town Hall meeting at St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral Auditorium (820 Burrows Avenue) to discuss the current events in Ukraine and practical strategies to effectively help those striving for their basic human rights.

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    National Ukrainian Canadian Committee (UCC) - call to action

    The UCC is calling on all Canadians to contact the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister John Baird and their Members of Parliament to demand action by Canada to stop the bloodshed in Ukraine. We attach sample letters that Canadians can use to send to their elected representatives

    http://www.ucc.ca/2014/01/22/call-to...ntact-your-mp/

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    Vitali Klitschko

    Thursday 23 January 2014 13.28 GMT

    An eight-hour truce has been declared by protesters in Kiev after a day of violence in which at least three people died and an opposition leader said he was willing to face "a bullet in the forehead" if Ukraine's president, Viktor Yanukovych, did not launch snap elections.


    The truce was announced by opposition politician and former heavyweight boxer Vitali Klitschko at midday Kiev time, as negotiations between opposition leaders and Yanukovych were expected to continue. On Wednesday, a three-hour meeting between the sides ended without a deal, leaving the capital braced for intensified violence.


    After the truce was announced, protesters began to extinguish the huge burning barricade, made of thousands of tyres, which has separated them from lines of riot police and been the focal point of clashes.


    Klitschko said he would return to the barricades at 8pm local time (6pm GMT) to announce the results of negotiations.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...talks-continue
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    So very scary and sad for all involved. Hope a peaceful resolution is reached sooner rather than later.
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    It's been relatively peaceful because of the truce, but time will be up on that soon.

    Earlier, this man was beaten, stripped, and humiliated. Minus 11 temp there






    There's a video, which I won't post because of bits...

    They posed him for pictures, gave him that hoe to hold. When they let him get on a bus after one more swift kick from a policeman, you can see fresh marks all over his body - possibly from rubber bullets.
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    Priests providing buffer zone again



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    They've called a ceasefire for overnight. It's now midnight there and -15.

    Tears in my eyes as the crowd of tens of thousands sing the national anthem...
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    I read this thread without practically breathing. We are all so busy with our lives that sometimes we forget about what happens in other countries. That's it until you end up reading a thread like this one and you are mortified about what happens to other people who are brave enough to protest against the decisions taken by government officials. It's a sad night for me but thank you for the images and the information

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    These priests are really something... every once in a while they will lead a service, but I'm sure they are praying constantly.

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    And while technology is wonderful for people around the world to watch streaming video from Ukraine and follow on Twitter, as I'm doing - there are also other things going on.

    Protesters got messages like this on their cell phones - creepy tracking...



    "Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a riot” or
    “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.” - - because of their location.
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    Good basic explanation of what's going on in Ukraine and why

    http://www.businessinsider.com/under...omaidan-2014-1
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    Protests spreading to other cities/areas




    • In Ivano-Frankivsk, hundreds of protesters have gathered for the second day running, as riot police guard the governor's office




    • Unrest has also been reported in Chernivtsi in the west, Sumy in the north-east and Lutsk in the north-west


    • Clashes erupted in the central city of Cherkasy on Thursday evening as police drove protesters back from the governor's office


    • Protesters seized the governors' offices in the cities of Lviv, Ternopil and Rivne on Thursday.




    Zakarpattya govt HQ in Uzhhorod



    Odessa

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