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New arrivals... teakwoodnavyroseturquoise rangala, an Iowa State U niversity senior chem- i stry major from Kiev. “ He saw people laying d ead bodies on the s treet.” P rotest leaders and U kraine’s beleaguered p resident agreed Friday t o form a new govern- m ent and hold an early e lection, a compromise t hat could begin to mend t he divide. B ut many protesters t old the Associated Press t hat the deal didn’t go far e nough, spawning doubts a bout whether it can be r estored. F riday’s developments f ollowed an escalating m onths-long standoff o ver Ukraine’s future. B attles this week bet ween anti-government p rotesters and police in r iot gear left scores dead a nd hundreds wounded in t he worst violence the c ountry has seen since it b ecame independent in 1 991. T hrough it all, Iowans w ith ties to the country w atched in horror as g raphic images rolled in. “ It’s just devastating,” s aid Viktoriya Zilber- m ints. Z ilbermints, whose d aughter, Regina, is a R egister reporter, lived in a n apartment close to In- d ependence Square be- f ore immigrating to West D es Moines 20 years ago. S he described it as the T imes Square of Kiev, a g athering place for all m ajor celebrations and h olidays. “ Seeing it all in f lames,” she said, “it’s r eally hard.” O leksandr Zhylyev- s kyy, an assistant profess or of economics at Iowa S tate University, grew up i n Ukraine and lived for s ix years in Kiev during h is studies. A classmate of his, an a ctivist, was recently kid- n apped while helping an- o ther protester who was i njured, he said. “ It’s a catastrophe,” he s aid. T he current conflict b egan when President V iktor Yanukovych aban- d oned closer ties with E urope in favor of a bail- o ut deal with Russia, U kraine’s longtime ruler. U kraine, a nation of 46 m illion, has divided loyal- t ies between Russia and t he West. I n general, its western r egions want to be closer t o the European Union, a nd many cities have re- j ected Yanukovych’s au- t hority, while eastern Uk- r aine favors closer ties w ith Russia. “ Ukraine has never b een one voice,” said Olga S parks, an Odessa native w ho lives in Waukee and r uns a translation service b oth here and in Kiev. “ Now the divide is deep- e ning, and I hate it.” I n the agreement an- n ounced Friday, Parlia- m ent slashed the powers o f Yanukovych and voted t o free his rival, former P rime Minister Yulia Tym oshenko, from prison. B ut Jeff Link of Link S trategies, a Des Moines f irm that consulted on Tym oshenko’s 2009 presi- d ential campaign, thinks i t’s too early to be optimist ic. “ What we learned w hen we were doing fo- c us groups around the c ountry is that people in U kraine have great dis- t rust of their govern- m ent, and their govern- m ent gives them a great r eason to have distrust,” L ink said. “The idea that Y anukovych is going to n egotiate with an opposi- t ion leader and they’re go- i ng to resolve this, I think i t does not have a terrific c hance of succeeding.” V icki Claypool, a pro- f essor of political science a t the University of Iowa, s aid the way forward for U kraine is in the hands of t he European Union. “ The European Union h as to be more accommo- d ative in the sense of not b eing quite as critical of U kraine’s political sys- t em and economy, and all owing it to ascend to m embership,” Claypool s aid. “If membership c ould become a more like- l y prospect, then Ukraine w ould not be forced to re- l y as heavily as it does on t rade with Russia.” T he other factor for f inding common ground, C laypool said, is that Uk- r ainian leaders must rec- o gnize that part of its cons tituency has European a spirations. “ So far, Yanukovych h as turned his back on t hem,” she said. “He can’t i gnore those people.” F or the Russian minor- i ty of Ukrainian citizens, l ike the parents of Marina Z aloznaya, a University o f Iowa sociology profess or, the current situation b rings a mix of feelings. Z aloznaya’s parents v oted for Yanukovych in h opes of recognition of R ussian as an official lan- g uage, and “initially felt t hreatened” by the activ- i sts. But as the protests g rew, they have become s upporters. “ In their words, this is n o longer just about the E ast vs. West tensions in t he country,” Zaloznaya s aid. “Rather, it is about p eople standing up a gainst the corrupt gov- e rnment that repeatedly a buses the rights and f reedoms of its citizens.” R oman Serebryakov, a g raphic designer in Altoon a, said his family in s outhern Ukraine is prep aring for civil war. “ People are in line at t he grocery store and b uying gas for the cars, b ecause they are expect- i ng something to happen,” h e said. S erebryakov almost g ave up his student visa to r eturn to Ukraine and join h is friends in Independ- e nce Square. But the t hreat of being arrested, i njured or worse kept him h ere. “ It’s very stressful,” he s aid. “I get the freshest n ews I can get, but it’s a lso the saddest news, be- c ause it seems like a lot of p eople are getting hurt f or no reason. I’ve been t rying to stay away from i t because I started get- t ing depressed, because t here’s not a lot I can do.” K hindurangala, the I SU student from Kiev, is d oing what she can from A mes. She is planning to d istribute ribbons on c ampus next week to r aise awareness about the p light of the protesters, w ho include her parents. “ I’m extremely wor- r ied,” she said. “But I k now that everything is g oing to be fine, because t he people have never b een this united. I feel l ike we will be a great c ountry after the presi- d ent is gone and this is d one.” The Associated Press c ontributed to this story. UKRAINE Continued from Page 1A WHAT IS THE CONFLICT ABOUT? Ukraine is a country d ivided between East and West. The Russian-speaking, e astern part of the nation of 46 million people generally favors economic and p olitical ties with Russia, while protesters in the capital and Ukrainians peaking western cities want to move closer to the European Union. T he current conflict began in November, when President Viktor Yanuko- v ych backed out of signing an agreement with the E uropean Union that would have brought the economy closer in line with European standards. After v iolent protests resulted in scores of deaths, the government and the opposi- t ion signed an agreement on Friday for an early election, a new constitu- t ion and a new unity government. If it holds, the ambit ious agreement could be a major breakthrough in the months-long crisis over U kraine's future. But it is unclear whether it will succeed in providing a s table government that can heal the rifts and improve the economy. —Associated Press Awoman places a flower on Friday near the site in central Kiev where an a nti-government protester was killed during clashes with police. AFP/GETTY IMAGES DESIGN COPY FILE NAME: ARTIST: Kelli COPY DESK: COLOR: YES NO ASSOCIATED PRESS m01XXgraphic RUSSIA Kiev Winter Olympics in Sochi Protests in Ukraine N

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