Arctic temperatures are not enough to cool pro-Western demonstrators' anger at
Ukraine's pro-Russian president.
Thousands of them refused to budge from Kiev's snow-covered streets Tuesday,
while the European Union's top diplomat made her way there to try to thaw the
Security forces in riot gear tried to herd demonstrators away from government
buildings but avoided a hard-nosed crackdown.
That could be the result of pressure the West has put on President Viktor
Yanukovych in the past two days.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Yanukovych on Monday to urge him to talk
with the opposition and avoid violence. European Commission President Jose
Manuel Barroso phoned on Sunday and also activated EU foreign policy chief
Catherine Ashton to fly to Kiev to try to work things out.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also called Yanukovych on Sunday to ask him
not to use brute force against protesters.
At a roundtable meeting with three former presidents of Ukraine on Tuesday,
broadcast on state TV, Yanukovych said both police and protesters were
responsible for violence that flared during a protest 10 days ago.
He said he had asked the country's prosecutor general to find a way to free
detained protesters who had ...