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Ukraine clashes kill at least 21 more, shattering overnight truce

Published on Feb 20, 2014 6:52 PM

KIEV (REUTERS) - At least 21 civilians were killed in fresh fighting in Kiev on Thursday, shattering an overnight truce declared by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, and a presidential statement said dozens of police were also dead or wounded.

Activists hurling petrol bombs and paving stones drove riot police off a corner of the central Independence Square, known as the Maidan, and appeared to capture several uniformed officers.

Police responded with stun grenades.

The clashes erupted shortly before three visiting European foreign ministers were due to the Russian-backed Yanukovich to push for a compromise with his pro-European opponents. The meeting was delayed for security reasons but began an hour late.

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