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This Is Kiev Right Now

This picture tweeted by @TheBlogPirate gives those of us outside of Ukraine the best idea of the shape of the current protests. At least 9 have been reported dead in the ongoing nationwide debate over whether Ukraine should ally with Europe or Russia, a debate that has spilled into violence. The Ukrainian government is issuing some very ominous warnings, instructing civilians to stay away from the capital “to avoid casualties” and authorizing security forces to use “extraordinary measures.” Of the 9 dead, 7 are reported to be civilians and 2 are said to be police officers. Estimates are that 45 officers have been injured, along with some 150 protestors …

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