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Ukraine's President Condemns Violence Against Protesters

Police in Kiev used truncheons and tear gas as thousands take to the streets.

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President Viktor Yanukovych said in an address on Saturday night that he condemned "the actions that led to the forceful confrontation and the suffering of people."

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He added that he was "outraged" by the violence.

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The crackdown came a day after U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt warned about serious consequences if force was used against the protesters.

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Witnesses say tear gas and truncheons were used.

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It was horrible. We were holding a peaceful demonstration and they attacked us. They threw us away like garbage.

The protests follow the president's refusal to sign a pro-EU agreement.

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Ukraine's political opposition said on Saturday it would call a general strike to force the resignation of President Yanukovich.

In a statement read by her daughter, Jailed opposition leader and ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko urged Ukrainians "not to leave the authorities' actions unanswered".

Preparations are being made for another rally tomorrow.

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