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Ukraine leader blasts violence against protesters

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YURAS KARMANAU | November 30, 2013 02:35 PM EST | AP

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president has condemned the violent dispersal of pro-EU protesters by riot police.

Early Saturday, officers in riot gear moved against several hundred protesters on Independence Square in central Kiev, beating some with truncheons.

President Viktor Yanukovych said in an address Saturday evening that he condemned "the actions that led to the forceful confrontation." He called for an investigation and for those responsible to be punished.

The demonstrators have denounced Yanukovych's refusal to sign an association agreement with the European Union.