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Protesters clash over Ukraine bowing to Russia, EU condemns Russia

WASHINGTON — The European Union condemned the heavy-handed pressure by the Russians, whih pushed Ukraine to withdraw from a monumental and historic economic trade pact with the European economic bloc.

ukraine eu protest [1]Reuters reported [2] that Ukraine was expected to sign the deal this week, which was the closest Europe has ever gotten to bring the former Communist and Soviet republic into its bloc.

Ukrainian police had to disperse protesters who want to join the EU with tear gas.

Russia threatened Ukraine that it would cut off gas supplies and restrict trade with the former republic, accusing the EU of pressuring Ukraine in the process.