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Fresh violence in Ukraine despite truce agreement Updated: 2014-02-20 15:58:26 KST

 Fresh violence in Ukraine despite truce agreement
The truce didn't even last a day
Just within the last hour, new street clashes erupted in Kiev's Independence Square, this after embattled President Viktor Yanukovich announced that he had agreed to a "truce" with leaders of the nation's top three opposition parties Wednesday evening.

The cause of the unrest is believed to be linked to the protesters' distrust of the government, and comes as the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Poland are scheduled to arrive in Ukraine Thursday to meet with Yanukovich and opposition leaders.

On his official website Wednesday, Yanukovich said his administration and the opposition had agreed to negotiate, to end the bloodshed and stabilize the situation in the interests of social peace, after the steet violence killed at least 26 people and injured hundreds of others Tuesday.

The government and opposition have held talks before, as recently as last week when protesters agreed to clear out of City Hall and downtown streets.

The unrest has caught the attention of the international community.

"The United States condemns in the strongest terms the violence that is taking place there."

"I'd like once again to underline the seriousness of the Ukranian situation and remind you what we have decided regarding tomorrow's meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers."

Meanwhile, in another development, Yanukovich fired his army chief Wednesday, as thousands of opposition protestes blocked barricades in the capital and the military announced a nationwide strike.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.
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