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The deadly clashes have drawn sharp reactions from Washington and generated talk of possible European Union sanctions. Russia has blamed the West for the unrest.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt made an unusually strong statement Wednesday, putting the blame on Yanukovych.

“Today, President Yanukovich has blood on his hands. And I fear that the way he has now embarked on will lead to even more of suffering and violence … The crisis for the country will be deepened and extended. I feel deeply concerned,” Bild to parliament in a statement Wednesday.


Laura Mills contributed to this report from Moscow and John-Thor Dahlburg from Brussels.