Ukraine

Western Diplomats Arriving in Kiev To Try and End Standoff Between Protesters and Police

Protests began after Ukraine didn't sign a trade deal with the European Union

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Top Western diplomats are arriving in Kiev as police move to break the blockade of Ukrainian government buildings by pro-EU protesters.

US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met leading opposition politicians and was due to have talks with President Viktor Yanukovych.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is also due in the city.

Mr Yanukovych has reportedly indicated he may be willing to help free people arrested during the protests.