One death reported as public outrage spreads throughout Ukraine with takeovers of government buildings (UPDATE)

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Feb. 19, 2014, 10:35 p.m. | Ukraine — by Mark Rachkevych

Anti-government protesters burn documents in the main Police City Office in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on February 18, 2014. Anti-government protesters in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on February 18 seized the regional administration building and police headquarters as clashes raged in Kiev, an AFP correspondent at the scene said. Some 500 demonstrators stormed the regional administration after bombarding it with stones before taking the control of the local police headquarters in the largely pro-EU city. AFP PHOTO / YURIY DYACHYSHYN

Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan where he was the co-founder of the now defunct Glasshouse Magazine, Mark currently is an editor of business news and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

As Ukraine’s KGB-successor agency announced the start of a nationwide “anti-terrorist" operation in coordination with other law enforcement and defense bodies, the public’s ire with President Viktor Yanukovych become visible in western Ukraine once again. 

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