Ukrainian, British and U.S. flags wave atop of tents erected by anti-government protesters in central Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.(AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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Ukraine appears more divided than everThe mayor of a western city warned that his police would fight any troops sent in by the president. The demonstrations began with an old question: Should Ukraine follow a European path or move closer into Russia's sphere?Last month, after four protesters were killed and police were widely reported to have beaten and abused activists, the opposition's anger became more intense.Pro-government activists largely from eastern Ukraine – allegedly hired by the government – descended on Kiev to harass protesters.Protesters formed "self-defense units" that detained the pro-government activists and forced some to march through the streets with their hands bound. The poll, which interviewed 2,010 people across Ukraine in person, had a margin of error of 2.3 percentage points.Support for Yanukovych rose from 19 percent in October to 29 percent in December, while opposition leader Vitali Klitschko rose from 16 percent to 22 percent and Arseniy Yatsenyuk from 6 percent to 12 percent.
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