Ukraine's security agency warns of heightened terrorism risk amid anti-government protests

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Demonstrators angered by more than two months of anti-government protests in Kiev gather on Khreschatyk street in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. Thousands of people angered by months of anti-government protests in the Ukrainian capital converged on one of the protesters' barricades Saturday, but retreated after meeting sizeable resistance. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's security agency is warning of a heightened risk of terrorism amid nearly three months of anti-government protests.

The agency said in a statement Sunday that it was putting its counter-terrorism units on alert, after receiving a large number of bomb threats across the country at airports, train stations, pipelines and other locations.

In what was seen as a warning to the opposition, the agency also said that it views the seizures of government buildings by protesters as manifestations of terrorism.

Some 30,000 activists turned out for a rally on Kiev's Independence Square on Sunday, the day the protests usually draw the largest crowds.

The protests started after President Viktor Yanukovych ditched a key treaty with the European Union in favor of a bailout loan from Russia.

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