Europe Sanctions Ukraine

    An anti-government demonstrator holds a burning tire as he build a barricade on February 21, 2014 at the Independent square in Kiev. Armed protesters stormed police barricades in Kiev on Thursday in renewed violence that killed at least 26 people and shattered an hours-old truce as EU envoys held crisis talks with Ukraine's embattled president. Bodies of anti-government demonstrators lay amid smouldering debris after masked protesters hurling Molotov cocktails and stones forced police from Kiev's iconic Independence Square -- the epicentre of the ex-Soviet country's three-month-old crisis. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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    After a bloody week that left at least 75 protesters dead in Ukraine, the government and opposition leaders signed a deal Friday that apparently moves up elections to the end of this year, paves the way for a coalition government, and trims the president's powers. The opposition will hand over its weapons and withdraw from buildings and protest camps. The agreement was hashed out during an all-night mediation with Russian and EU representatives. Still, it's unlikely that protesters will accept the measure—early Friday morning, shots were still reportedly being fired in Kiev. On Thursday night, European foreign ministers announced sanctions would be imposed on Ukrainian officials responsible for the violence, including the freezing of their assets, denying travel visas, and suspending exports of equipment used to quash demonstrations.

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