Ukraine Starts The First Full Day of the Uncertain Truce

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Tensions in Ukraine spilled over into Parliament on Friday, but lawmakers still approved several steps aimed at easing the crisis. Maksym Marusenko/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

By ANDREW HIGGINS and ANDREW E. KRAMER
The New York Times

KIEV, Ukraine — A deal aimed at ending a lethal spiral of violence in Ukraine began to show serious strains late Friday just hours after it had been signed, with angry protesters shouting down opposition members of Parliament who negotiated the accord and a militant leader threatening armed attacks if President Viktor F. Yanukovych did not step down by morning.

Russia, which joined France, Germany and Poland in mediating the settlement, introduced a further element of uncertainty by declining to sign the accord, which reduces the power of Mr. Yanukovych, an ally of Moscow. This stirred fears that Moscow might now work to undo the deal through economic and other pressures, as…

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