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Local Ukrainian-American Community Calls For End To Bloodshed In Kiev

KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 24: Anti-government protestors stand on a hill near Dynamo Stadium on January 24, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Talks to resolve the political stalemate in the Ukraine have failed as anti government protests continue in the capital and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko urges the government to call a snap election. (Credit: Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

KIEV, UKRAINE – JANUARY 24: Anti-government protestors stand on a hill near Dynamo Stadium on January 24, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Talks to resolve the political stalemate in the Ukraine have failed as anti government protests continue in the capital and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko urges the government to call a snap election. (Credit: Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The local Ukrainian community is watching as a two month long peaceful protest in Kiev has led to violence and at least three deaths. Now, Vice President Joe Biden is calling on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to end the bloodshed.

Gene Luciw, a Philadelphia resident and active member of the Ukrainian-American community, says this is the Ukrainian version of the Arab Spring, “If you mean the Arab Spring being situations where people are genuinely rising up to create democracy in their country, absolutely.”

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The peaceful protests in Kiev started in November when the president proposed laws banning mass protests, and restrictions on freedom of speech and civil rights. The opposition groups want President Yanukovych removed from office and new elections held.

Locally, supporters are holding a protest cavalcade on Sunday at 2:30 from the Ukrainian Center in Jenkintown to the Catholic Cathedral on Franklin Street.

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