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Demonstrators, Police in Tense Standoff in Kiev After Violence
RIA Nostovi ^ | January 20, 2014 | RIA Nostovi

Posted on 01/20/2014 9:40:10 AM PST by Navy Patriot

MOSCOW/KIEV, January 20 (RIA Novosti) – Riot police and anti-government demonstrators in the Ukrainian capital faced off Monday in the wake of some of the worst street violence the city has seen since protests began in November.

Protestors erected barricades on a street running along main government buildings in Kiev in an apparent effort to extend territorial control beyond the main square demonstrators have occupied for almost two months.

Torched vehicles could be seen still smoldering on a downtown street in a reminder of the unrest that ensued when a group of aggressive demonstrators broke away from a mass rally on Sunday held to voice discontent at the swift passage of wide-ranging legislation to clamp down on protests.

(Excerpt) Read more at en.ria.ru ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ukraine
Violence, vandalism and thuggery in these demonstrations from the left.
1 posted on 01/20/2014 9:40:10 AM PST by Navy Patriot
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To: Navy Patriot
There's a strange disease called 'Putin Cough' going around FR these days-- every time Moscow is up to some disreputable action, there are a few dozen freepers coughing up excuses.

Simply because the current regime in DC is detestable doesn't mean we have to embrace every foreign adversary like the left does.

2 posted on 01/20/2014 11:36:49 AM PST by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: pierrem15

You think the EU is better?

Ukraine has the choice to be Russia...or Greece

EU and supporters are the COMMUNISTS here


3 posted on 01/20/2014 12:47:03 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: Navy Patriot

The violence and thuggery in these demonstrations is primarily coming from Ukraine’s national socialist party called Svaboda. They even attacked a leader from another opposition party (UDAR) yesterday at the demonstration.

If the main opposition groups cannot unite, they’re never going to win a presidential election, much less gain control of the Ukraine parliament.


4 posted on 01/20/2014 1:01:17 PM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Any sane European would choose the EU over Russia.


5 posted on 01/20/2014 8:08:14 PM PST by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: pierrem15
Simply because the current regime in DC is detestable doesn't mean we have to embrace every foreign adversary like the left does.

Acknowledgment is not embrace, but silence is consent, and failure to keep a scorecard is willful ignorance.

6 posted on 01/21/2014 9:44:49 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: SeminoleCounty; pierrem15
There's a strange disease called 'Putin Cough' going around FR these days-- every time Moscow is up to some disreputable action, there are a few dozen freepers coughing up excuses.

I don't get it either... I find all these recent pro-soviet Putinista statements rather strange. To find them on FR to me looks as bewildering as pro-King George III postings.

You think the EU is better?
Ukraine has the choice to be Russia...or Greece
EU and supporters are the COMMUNISTS here


Quite frankly, yes the EU is better. Having to balance one's budget in return for bailouts is indeed painful (The US can count itself lucky that China out of economic fear continues to buy its debt), but it's preferable to Russian-style cleptocracy, Gulags for dissidents and hordes of thugs silencing any kind of opposition.

The EU, not unlike Washington, is often overregulated, statist and sclerotic. But it offers both greater freedom of expression and economic freedom. To me that seems exactly what proud, hard-working Ukranians want. Just a bit more freedom.

Also from an American standpoint, the pro-Putin propaganda makes no sense. The EU is the very definition of "western civilization", also moderately pro-American and in contrast to China or Russia has hardly any military ambitions on the world stage. Whereas Putin is hellbent on restoring the USSR as a counterweight to the US of A.
7 posted on 01/22/2014 2:25:07 PM PST by wolf78 (Inflation is a form of taxation, too. Cranky Libertarian - equal opportunity offender.)
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