2014-02-20 / World

22 dead as violence flares in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Fierce clashes between police and protesters shattered a brief truce in Ukraine’s besieged capital today, leaving at least 22 people dead. Government snipers were reported to be shooting at some of the protesters in Kiev.

The deaths came in a new eruption of violence just hours after the country’s embattled president and the opposition leaders demanding his resignation called for a truce and negotiations to try to resolve Ukraine’s protracted political crisis.

The two sides are locked in a decades-long battle over the identity of this nation of 46 million, whose loyalties are divided between Russia and the West. Parts of the country — mostly in its western cities — are in open revolt against President Viktor Yanukovych’s central government.

An Associated Press reporter saw 21 bodies today.

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