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Ukraine Liveblog Day 71: EU and Canada Follow US with New Round of Sanctions

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More Details Yield More Confusion About Clashes In Maidan
We've been chatting with Devin Ackles, who was in the area when the clashes in Kiev began. Here are a few of his observations.
Ackles responded to questions about whether these were Nazis.
Meanwhile, EuromaidanPR, the semi-official Twitter account of the Euromaidan leadership, adds some additional context.

From what we noticed from the livestream, many in the right-wing crowd did speak Russian, though there were also members of that group who were chanting Ukrainian slogans like "Geroyam Slava." At one point, the people in the procession shouted, "to whom does Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv.. belong?" The crowd then shouted "to Ukrainians!"

Frankly, there are many unanswered questions, Many nationalist groups are not strangers to Maidan Square, but this group appeared to be, and they were very hesitant to reveal their faces.

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Latest Report On Brawl In Maidan Square

Pravda.com.ua has posted their report about what has transpired in Maidan Square (translated by The Interpreter):

A mass fight broke out at one of the Maidan barricades between people in balaclavas who had organized a "torchlight procession" and self-defense members.

As Hromadske TV reports, about 20 minutes ago, activists gathered at the Kiev council building and moved toward Maidan with a torch procession.

The column was stopped by Maidan self-defense members at the barricade across from the Main Post Office. A fight broke out.

According to Hromadske TV, the activists with the torches planned to go near the Verkhovna Rada, in order to demand from the government start a full-fledged anti-terrorism operation in the east.

Meanwhile, Interfax-Ukraine reports that the torch procession was devoted to heroes of the "Heavenly Hundred." During the clash, flash grenades and firecrackers were used.

According to Hromadske, several persons have been injured.

The Pravda report does not mention that the crowd carrying the torches were ultranationalists who appeared to be carrying symbols associated with neo-Nazism.

We are still working to find more details and answer more questions about what transpired in Maidan tonight.

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Kerry Says NATO Must Stand Firm Against Russian Aggression

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said today that NATO is at a "defining moment," as NATO countries are now under threat. Reuters reports:

"Today Russia seeks to change the security landscape of Eastern and Central Europe," Kerry said in a speech in Washington referring to Russia's occupation of Crimea and the threat it posed to eastern Ukraine.

"Whatever path Russia chooses, the United States and our allies will stand together in our defense of Ukraine," Kerry said.

"And most important, together we have to make it absolutely clear to the Kremlin that NATO territory is inviolable. We will defend every single piece of it," he added.

Kerry added that defense budgets cannot be cut if NATO wants to send this message.

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Ukraine Denies Russian Claim It's Building Concentration Camps

As we reported earlier, Russia's rhetoric has continued to escalate, going as far as to accuse the interim government in Kiev of building concentration camps for ethnic Russians.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has now denied Moscow's claim (partial translation by The Interpreter):

"'The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Migration Service consider it expedient to officially clarify that in September 2009, Ukraine began implementing together with the European Union the READMIT 1 project, which provided for the construction of two places of temporary stay for illegal migrants -- in Donetsk and Nikokolayev Regions. Both facilities will be intended for one-time detention of 100 illegal migrants each,' says the statement.

Today, there are two facilities under the management of the State Migration Service of Ukraine, in which illegal migrants are held - in Volyn and Chernigov Regions. These facilities are intended for the one-time detention of 165 and 208 persons, respectively, and are territorially located close to the western and northern sections of the state border of Ukraine.

Construction of similar facilities in Donetsk and Nikolayev Regions enables cost-savings for transporting illegal migrants held in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine in places of detention.

"It should be noted that in the temporary detention facility for illegal migrants, only foreigners or stateless persons can be placed who have violated migration law and regarding whom a decision has been made about the forced deportation from Ukraine,' the statement emphasizes."

This statement contrasts greatly with Moscow's claim that new construction projects were designed to house thousands of illegal immigrants, or perhaps even ethnic Russians from eastern Ukraine.

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Russian Propaganda Alert: Putin Blames the U.S. For Everything
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As RT says, "details to follow."
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