At Least 22 Dead as Violence Flares in Kiev

The head of Kiev's city administration resigns from president's party; more than 20 people die.

Activists and priests pay respects to protesters who were killed in clashes with police, a flag held by one activist reads "For Ukraine" in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Kiev, Ukraine.

Activists and priests pay respects to protesters who were killed in clashes with police, a flag held by one activist reads "For Ukraine" in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Kiev, Ukraine. Fierce clashes between police and protesters in Ukraine's capital have shattered the brief truce Thursday.

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By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The head of Kiev city administration has resigned from President Viktor Yanukovych's ruling party after more than 20 people were killed in fierce fighting in the Ukrainian capital.

City chief Volodymyr Makeyenko said in a statement on Thursday that he was leaving Yanukovych's Party of Regions because "we must be guided only by the interests of the people, this is our only chance to save people's lives."

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He said he would continue to fulfill his duties long so he has the people's trust.

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