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ST. LOUIS – The sickening violence and killing has ended in the main square of Kiev, Ukraine's capital.

The government and protesters have agreed to a cease fire and the protesters won most of their demands.

Ukraine's president, Viktor Yanukovich, signed an agreement to reduce this power and hold elections. This signals the country might be moving closer to western Europe and the U.S., and away from the influence of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

One of this country's leading experts on Ukraine is right here in St. Louis.

Saint Louis University law professor Monica Eppinger had two separate assignments in Ukraine for the U.S. government, serving a total of four years there. She says some of her friends had been killed in the crackdown. Eppinger says Ukrainian's love their country and are fiercely independent but admits the truce may not hold.

"My hope is that they will return to what is considered by Ukrainian's the Ukrainian way, which is that we will agree to disagree and shake hands and go to the next election and fight hard in the next election," said Eppinger.

The next presidential election has been moved up from spring 2015 to this December.

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