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Ukrainians in US, Canada urge protester support

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 | 3:25 p.m.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ukrainians in the United States and Canada are reacting with tentative optimism to news of a truce in the violence-torn country but pushing ahead with plans for protests and vigils.

Yaakov Dov Bleich is the chief rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine but splits his time between there and New York City. He noted the enormity of clashes between government forces and protesters Tuesday that left at least 26 people dead.

He says, "I think it's going to be very hard to rebuild trust between people and the president."

In the Pittsburgh area, Ukrainian churches and social clubs organized weekend memorials and calls for a stronger response by the U.S. and the European Union.

About 100 protesters gathered Wednesday outside the Ukrainian Consulate in Chicago to call for sanctions. Protesters were also holding a candlelight vigil in the Michigan Avenue shopping district.