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On Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, thousands of angry anti-government protesters clashed with police in a new eruption of violence following new maneuvering by Russia and the European Union to gain influence over this former Soviet republic. Demonstrators had seized Kiev City Hall on Dec. 1, 2014, about a week after mass street protests broke out in response to Viktor Yanukovych's decision to abandon a long-anticipated political and economic treaty with the European Union. The president, whose support base is in the Russian-speaking east and south of the country, turned to Russia instead for loans to keep Ukraine's economy afloat.