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Protesters could face state of emergency in Ukraine

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 - 01:31

Jan. 27 - Ukrainian justice minister warns protesters occupied in the ministry's building that she may advise a state of emergency. Nathan Frandino reports.

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From atop the smoldering ruins of barricades to the recently taken over Justice Ministry, protesters in Kiev are on watch. And if Justice Minister Olena Lukash has her way, protesters could face even more confrontations. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINE JUSTICE MINISTER, OLENA LUKASH, SAYING: "If the Justice Ministry building is not freed, I will be forced to ask my colleagues, members of the Council of Security and Defense, to discuss introducing the state of emergency in the country." Dozens of protesters stormed the building late on Sunday. The two-month stand-off has sparked the worst violence in Ukraine since it won independence in 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed. At least six people have been killed and the crisis has deepended tensions between Russia and the West. Protesters are reluctant to give up the fighting. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) KIEV RESIDENT, VOLODYMIR, SAYING: "It's good that people went out to the street and expressed their point of view, rather than just sit at home and watch the events. I think that the impulse which happened here had somehow resonated there and people paid attention to it. I think it's good they started moving and acting, not just watching." Occupations in municipal headquarters have spread to up to 10 western regions. The unrest is also growing in the traditionally pro-government areas in the country's east and south.

Protesters could face state of emergency in Ukraine

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 - 01:31

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