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US condemns Ukraine gov't violence against protesters

Hundreds of Ukrainian protesters gather for an opposition rally in Mykhayllivska Square in Kiev after police dispersed protesters in Independence Square on November 30, 2013The United States condemned a violent crackdown on a peaceful anti-government demonstration in Kiev Saturday and called on Ukraine's leaders to respect their people's right to free expression and assembly. "These are fundamental to a healthy democracy and the respect for universal values on which the United States' partnership with Ukraine depends," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.