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Anti-government protesters protect themselves with shields during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square (AP)

Anti-government protesters protect themselves with shields during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square (AP)

An anti-government protester throws a stone during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square (AP)

An anti-government protester throws a stone during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square (AP)

An anti-government protester stands behind a barricade during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square (AP)

An anti-government protester stands behind a barricade during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square (AP)

An anti-government protester walks away during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square (AP)

An anti-government protester walks away during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square (AP)

Anti-government protesters throw stones during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square (AP)

Anti-government protesters throw stones during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square (AP)

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Anti-government protesters protect themselves with shields during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square (AP)

The office of Ukraine's embattled president says he and leaders of the country's raging protests have called for a truce.

The brief statement tonight came after President Viktor Yanukovych met with top leaders of the protests that flared into violence yesterday that has left at least 26 people dead.

The statement did not give details of what a truce would entail or how it would be implemented.

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