In breaking news by RT.com, on Wednesday, a truce was said to have been reached by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and the rebelling opposition.
The president met with the leader of the nationalist Svoboda opposition party, Oleg Tyagnibok, Batkivshchyna opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and UDAR party leader Vitaly Klitschko.However, the latest update reports not all will observe the truce:
Earlier, Batkivshchyna opposition party leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced the same thing, according to the party's press office. He stressed that the government was planning to declare state of emergency and a night assault on Independence Square, which has now been canceled.“The planned assault and clearing off protesters is canceled. A truce has been declared and talks will start to stabilize the situation,” Yatsenyuk said..
Thursday, February 20RT.com :Updates
The far-right wing of the Ukrainian opposition refuses to observe the truce that was agreed by President Yanukovich and three main opposition leaders. The leader of Right Sector said the group did not sign any agreements and called for the continuation of the “offensive of the resurgent people.”
Wednesday, February 19
Two Ukrainian athletes have refused further participation in the Winter Olympics in a statement of protest against the violence in Ukraine, stating that they are “outraged by recent actions of President Viktor Yanukovich.”
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich declared that Thursday be a day of mourning for the victims of the clashes.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Ukraine’s relationship with NATO will be seriously damaged if the military intervenes against the protesters, Reuters reported.
"I strongly urge the Ukrainian government to refrain from further violence. If the military intervenes against the opposition, Ukraine's ties with NATO will be seriously damaged," Rasmussen said in a statement.
The US is implementing visa sanctions against 20 Ukrainian officials, the State Department said, adding that it believes those individuals are responsible for the use of violence. If the visa sanctions are not enough, the US will be ready for further steps in coordination with the EU to stop the violence in Ukraine, Reuters quoted a senior State Department official as saying.
"Today we moved to restrict visas to some 20 senior members of the Ukrainian government and other individuals we consider responsible for ordering human rights abuses related to political oppression in Ukraine," the official said.
Ukraine's former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, said that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich is personally responsible for every person who died in the clashes, according to the statement given to Unian. “We will not be worthy of their memory, if we silently surrender,” she added.
Rioters once again have control of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food in central Kiev.
In the western Ukrainian city of Lvov, “people’s self-defense” brigades have been formed to maintain peace and order. The improvised militia was formed one day after rioters stormed and seized the buildings of the regional administration, local interior ministry and security service departments, and several police departments. A fire was also reported in one of the blocked military installations in Lvov after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a building.
Meanwhile in Khmelnitsky, a building of the local security service department was set ablaze by petrol bombs. Earlier on Wednesday, four protesters were injured, one critically, by live fire allegedly coming from inside the building during a storming attempt. Conflicting reports said the critically injured woman died in intensive care.
Rioters attempted to storm the local administration building in Poltava, located in central Ukraine.
Rioters shot at police vehicles using firearms, the Internal Affairs Ministry told Unian news agency. Cars were shot at a dozen times, with some shots targeting the drivers.
The meeting between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and the nation’s opposition leaders has just ended. The president met with the leader of the nationalist Svoboda opposition party, Oleg Tyagnibok, Batkivshchyna opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and UDAR party leader Vitaly Klitschko. The goal of the meeting was to discuss a peaceful solution to ending the crisis in Ukraine, according to the Batkivshchyna press office.
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