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Chicago-area Ukrainians to protest Kiev crackdown

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 12:00 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago-area Ukrainians say they're worried about loved ones in the former Soviet Republic after deadly violence erupted in the capital of Kiev.

Pavlo Bandrisky is vice president of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America's Illinois division. He says the government crackdown on protesters will only unite the people there.

Clashes on Tuesday left 25 people dead in the worst violence in nearly three months of anti-government protests in Ukraine's capital. Protests began after the president backed away from a deal to join the European Union.

Bandrisky says Ukrainians there and in the U.S. fear that Russian President Vladimir Putin will send in troops to help quell the uprising.

Bandrisky says his group plans a protest Wednesday at the Chicago's Ukrainian consulate, and a candlelight vigil in the evening.

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