Updated: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 02:00:00 GMT | By Sarah Hecks
World news this week: February 21, 2014

Bloody clashes in Ukraine



Anti-government protesters throw missiles during clashes with riot police at the Independence Square in Kiev (© REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili)
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Ukrainian riot police charged at protesters occupying a central Kiev square early on Wednesday after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence more than 22 years ago. At least 17 people died on Tuesday during hours of violence between security forces and civilians who have staged protests against President Viktor Yanukovich since last November. The riot police moved in hours after Moscow gave Ukraine $2 billion USD in aid for its crippled economy which it had been holding back to demand decisive action to crush the protests.

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