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At Least 13 Dead, Dozens Injured As Ukraine Protests Turn Violent Again

Ukrainian security forces say they will use "harsh measures" against the opposition if their ultimatum is not met. Update: Police say six policemen and seven protesters have died. WARNING: Graphic content.

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Updated 4:13 p.m. ET: Police said seven protesters and six police officers died, the AP reported.

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Ukraine's top two security officials accused opposition leaders of organizing the violence and issued an ultimatum to protesters to stop the violence by 6 p.m. local time. "If the riot continues, we will be forced to resort to harsh measures," they said.

Russia, which had just announced Monday that it would release a $2 billion loan it held up over concern at Yanukovych's ability to quell the crisis, said the violence was a "direct result" of Western support for the opposition.

Riot police sprayed the protesters with water canons and tried to disperse the crowds with stun grenades. The nearly 20,000 demonstrators retaliated with rocks, bats and firebombs.

Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko urged the protesters to stand their ground. "We will not go anywhere from here," said Klitschko to the crowd, speaking from a stage in Independence Square as fires burned around him.

Max Seddon is a correspondent for BuzzFeed World based in Berlin. He has reported from Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and across the ex-Soviet Union and Europe. His secure PGP fingerprint is 6642 80FB 4059 E3F7 BEBE 94A5 242A E424 92E0 7B71

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