Full-blown crisis

Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in Little Earthquake

as-both-sides-dig-on-wednesday-it-doesnt-look-like-the-crisis-will-end-peacefullyGathering Stones – Photo AP/Sergei Chuzavkov

The European Union has called an extraordinary meeting of the bloc’s 28 foreign ministers to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Sanctions “against those responsible for violence and use of excessive force” are expected.

 

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  • they-need-to-be-thrown-fast-otherwise-it-could-blow-up-in-someones-hand

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  • protesters-held-their-own-through-the-morning

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  • and-then-there-are-the-direct-clashes

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  • Anti-government protesters take cover behind shields during clashes with riot police at the Independence Square in Kiev - Photo REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
  • Fireworks explode near anti-government protester - Photo REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
  • A protester throws stones as a car is on flames during clashes with police - Photo REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin
  • An anti-government protester prepares to throw a petrol bomb - Photo REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
  • An anti-government protester is engulfed in flames - Photo AP/Efrem Lukatsky
  • An anti-government protester relaxes during clashes - Photo AP/Sergei Chuzavkov
  • Riot police beat an anti-government protester - Photo REUTERS
  • iot policemen detain wounded people - Photo REUTERS
  • Anti-government protesters clash with riot police outside Ukraine's parliament - Photo AP/Efrem Lukatsky
  • An aerial view shows Independence Square - Photo REUTERS/Olga Yakimovich

The protests have evolved into a full-blown crisis on the ground. What happens now is critical to the geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West.

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