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Italy summons Ukrainian ambassador in Rome

'Concerns' about escalating unrest in Kiev, beyond

24 January, 18:26
Italy summons Ukrainian ambassador in Rome (ANSA) - Rome, January 24 - Italy requested a snap meeting with the Ukrainian ambassador to Rome on Friday to express "concerns" about escalating protests in Ukraine. The meeting was called by Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino. Earlier Friday, protests expanded after talks between President Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition stalled.

In the western Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk, activists occupied a regional government office and were reportedly storming another one in Chernivtsi. Demonstrations were triggered in November by Ukraine's last-minute decision to call off a proposed free-trade deal with the European Union. The situation escalated this week when the first of several deaths were reported in the crisis.