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UPDATE: Truce ends violent clashes in Ukraine

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KIEV, Ukraine (WKOW) --  A truce has ended violent clashes in Ukraine.

The country's president says he and leaders of the anti-government protests are now negotiating how to stabilize the nation.

At least 25 people have died as a result of the violence.

The truce comes as the U.S. and European nations threatened sanctions on the country if the violence did not end.

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KIEV, Ukraine (WKOW) -- Clashes between anti-government protesters and police continued into the early morning hours of Wednesday in the capital of Ukraine.

CNN says at least 21 people are now dead after violence in Kiev.

The dispute is basically over whether the country's future is alongside Russia or Europe. The government prefers Russia, while protesters want Europe.

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Police say 6 officers killed in Ukraine's capital, raising death toll to 13.

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Thousands of police are doing battle with some 20,000 anti-government protesters in the capital of Ukraine, as more than three months of protests reach a crisis point.
   Police, armed with stun grenades and water cannons, attacked a large opposition camp in Kiev, dismantling some of the barricades on the perimeter of the camp and setting many of the protest tents on fire.
   But the demonstrators fought back, armed with rocks, bats and firebombs and singing the country's national anthem.
   Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko (VIH'-tah-lee KLICH'-koh) is urging the protesters to defend the camp. As fires burned around him, he told the crowd, "We will not go anywhere from here."
   Earlier today, at least nine people were killed in street clashes. Protesters attacked police lines and set fires outside parliament, accusing the government of ignoring their demands once again.
   As darkness fell, police vowed to bring order to the streets. They shut down subway stations in the capital.
   The protests began in late November after President Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich) froze ties with the European Union, in exchange for a $15 billion bailout from Russia. Moscow later suspended the payments.

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