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President Viktor Yanukovych and the political opposition took one more shot at reaching a compromise in direct talks on Jan. 23, a hopeful sign in and of itself. But it’s not clear whether – absent early presidential elections – any deal will be enough to tamp down public anger over some of the horrendous atrocities allegedly committed by the government and, it is suspected, their agents since the EuroMaidan movement started on Nov. 21.

Let’s recount some of them:

At least two protesters were gunned down on the street on Jan. 22 after police moved to disperse a crowd of demonstrators in the Hrushevskoho Street standoff that began on Jan. 19. Officials said police weren’t using guns, then admitted they were using guns, but only with rubber bullets. But the bullet holes in the two dead men plus the metal bullets and shotgun shell casings that littered the ground told a different story – one of a police force armed to kill with snipers and indiscriminate shooting and beatings designed to terrorize.

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