An activist stands on the barricade in Kiev on January 24, 2014.(AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY)
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Whether either side likes it or not, it is the violent tactics of a determined, far-right group called "Right Sector" that is setting the agenda on the streets of Kiev.In its mission statement on Vkontakte, Right Sector says it aims not only to force Yanukovich to sign the European Union free-trade agreement he walked away from in November, setting off the protests, but by "revolutionary" means to get rid of his "regime of occupation".Opposition leaders disown the violence, recognizing that it gives the authorities the perfect excuse for a crackdown that might snuff out the protest movement.When the opposition emerged empty-handed from talks with Yanukovich late Thursday, it was masked Right Sector members who began immediately overseeing the building of new barricades.The area near football club Dynamo Kiev's colonnaded stadium has now become their theater of operations, a battlezone where protesters confront black-helmeted riot police across a 40-meter no-man's land.When Klitschko tried Sunday to stop people attacking riot police, one protester set off a fire extinguisher in his face.
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