19 February 2014, 04:36

Ukraine's president, opposition leader fails to produce breakthrough as death toll rises

Ukraine's president, opposition leader fails to produce breakthrough as death toll rises

Embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has told opposition leaders that he will not call off a bloody police assault on the opposition's main protest camp on Kiev's Independence Square, opposition leader Vitali Klitschko said.

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"Yanukovych said that there is only one option...to clear Maidan and that everyone has to go home," Klitschko told independent Hromadske TV after meeting Yanukovych.

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Kiev death toll rises to 18, seven police officers killed

Death toll in Kiev unrest rises to 18, with 11 protesters and 7 policemen killed.

Earlier Ukrainian police said six officers were killed in clashes with anti-government protesters. All of the policemen died from gunshot wounds.

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Biden tells Yanukovych he must pull back forces in Kiev

US Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday intervened as a political crisis in Ukraine turned deadly, calling President Viktor Yanukovych and saying he should withdraw government forces who stormed a protest camp.

"Vice President Biden called Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych today to express grave concern regarding the crisis on the streets of Kiev. He called on President Yanukovych to pull back government forces and to exercise maximum restraint," a White House statement said.

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Ukraine to restrict traffic into violence-torn Kiev

Ukraine will restrict incoming traffic to Kiev from midnight to prevent the escalation of clashes of anti-government protesters with police, the government press agency said on Tuesday.

"To prevent human casualties and the escalation of conflict we ask the citizens of Ukraine to take into account that transport in the direction of Kiev will be restricted from midnight," it said.

Nine people died during clashes in Kiev on Tuesday, seven civilians and two policemen, police said.

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