Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ukraine Leader Strains for Grip as Chaos Spreads


KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine spiraled deeper into disarray on Wednesday as the government of President Viktor F. Yanukovych and several thousand grimly determined protesters, along with their supporters in Russia and Europe, faced off in a confrontation over the fate of this fractured country of 46 million.

As measures of the turmoil, the authorities announced a nationwide “antiterrorist operation” to keep guns and power from what it called extremist groups, and they dismissed the country’s top general. But very late in the day, they declared that a truce had been reached with political leaders of the opposition, who confirmed that overnight.

The party website of an opposition leader, Vitali Klitschko, said the opposition had received assurances that there would “no assault” on the main protest site, though it was uncertain that a pause in the conflict would hold, particularly among more determined street fighters.

New York Times

By ANDREW HIGGINS and ANDREW E. KRAMER

FEB. 19, 2014

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