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Ukraine on Brink of Chaos as Amnesty Vote Splits Parliament


After a week of trying to appease the revolution in Ukraine, the government has finally dug in for a fight. On Wednesday night, the ruling party refused to grant the latest demand of the uprising – an unconditional amnesty for the revolutionaries who have seized the center of the capital. Dozens of them are now in jail, and as a condition for their release, the ruling Party of Regions demanded that protesters abandon the government buildings they have occupied for weeks.

This demand proved so divisive – not only between the rival camps in parliament but inside the ruling party itself – that President Viktor Yanukovych rushed to the chamber on Wednesday night to rally his supporters. “The word of the President is, was and will be decisive for us,” one of the party’s lawmakers, Anna German, told reporters after the vote, which barely passed after the President pressured his…

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