The head of the protesters is Vitali Klitschko a former world champion boxer. Klitschko heads the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms party. President flew to Moscow, where he and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Russia would buy $15 billion in Ukrainian debt and slash the price Kiev pays for its gas. He enforced a anti-protest law. Protesters took over City Hall for three months. The law was overturned. However, protests grew and became more violent. The President offered a bargain but the opposition refused. A truce was called Wednesday. Gunfire erupted Thursday at Maidan, or Independence Square, International officials are trying to end this violence.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged President Yanukovich to end the crackdown.
"President Yanukovich has to decide whether he wants to protect his people, or further mayhem," he said.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church leaders has said that prayers for the current government will no longer be included in the liturgy.
Instead the Holy Synod, asks believers to ask God to protect Ukraine and its people, and to pray and the many victims.
This is because the government is using assault weapons, including snipers with automatic rifles, against Ukrainian people. (Ukraine Church update from Radio Vatican excerpt)
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE UKRAINE NOW!