Ukraine ‘On Brink of Civil War'

    Anti-government protesters attend a rally in the Crimean city of Simferopol, January 28, 2014. Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov tendered his resignation on Tuesday while deputies loyal to President Viktor Yanukovich, acting to calm violent street protests, overturned anti-protest laws they rammed through 12 days ago. The banner reads, "Euromaidan - Crimea". REUTERS/Stringer (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX17Y6Z

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    As protests continue to spread beyond Kiev, Leonid Kravchuk, Ukraine’s first post-independence president, is saying that the country is on the “brink of civil war.” Kravchuk opened the parliament to debate on amnesty for protesters, which he argues should be conditional on demonstrators leaving the buildings they have taken over. The demonstrators have so far ruled that out and are instead demanding early elections. “It is a revolution. It is a dramatic situation in which we must act with the greatest responsibility," he said to a standing ovation. The parliament has, meanwhile, removed the anti-protest law that sparked the most recent protests.

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