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Ukrainian government has announced a nationwide "anti-terrorist operation" against acts of terrorism in the crisis-hit country.
Oleksandr Yakymenko, Ukraine’s security service chief, made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the operation comes due to the escalating violent confrontations.
The counter-terrorist operations come a day after clashes between Ukrainian police and protesters in Kiev left at least 26 people dead and 250 others injured.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated the possibility of applying sanctions against Ukraine.
The European Union have also said the bloc is considering imposing sanctions on the country, with France and Germany demanding targeted measures against the Ukrainian leadership.
The Russian Foreign Ministry blamed on Wednesday the West for the escalation of violence, calling on the Ukrainian opposition to cooperate with the government to find a solution to the crisis.