It remains to be seen, of course, whether this brand new accord will hold or whether a new outbreak of violence will occur but for Ukrainians, at least, it appears that both Western and Eastern Ukrainians have reason to hope for a peaceful resolution to what has been both a political and cultural crisis.
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When I woke up this morning and checked the Espreso TV feed the first thing I saw was a Ukrainian Armored Personnel Carrier being set alight by a molotov cocktail. As I type this Wednesday afternoon the sun has gone down in Ukraine and there appears to be relative calm in Independence Square.
“We will not go anywhere from here,” Klitschko told the crowd, speaking from a stage in the square as fires burned around him, releasing huge plumes of smoke into the night sky. “This is an island of freedom and we will defend it,” he said.