KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Two U.S. senators have joined about 200,000 protesters in an anti-government demonstration in Ukraine's capital.
The dramatic show of morale in Kiev followed nearly four weeks of daily protests over the Ukrainian president's decision to back away from signing a long-awaited agreement to deepen trade and political ties with the European Union and instead focus on Russia.
The protests have grown in size and intensity after two violent police crackdowns.
Sens. John McCain and Chris Murphy joined the anti-government demonstration to express support for them and their European ambitions.
McCain told the protesters that their peaceful protests are "inspiring the world."
McCain, an Arizona Republican, and Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, told reporters after the rally that sanctions are possible if authorities use more violence to disperse the protests.
APPHOTO XAZ119: U.S. Senator John McCain, center, speaks as Democratic senator from the state of Connecticut Chris Murphy, second left, takes a photo on his cell phone and Opposition leader Oleh Tyahnybok, right, listens during a Pro-European Union rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. About 200,000 anti-government demonstrators converged on the central square of Ukraine's capital Sunday, a dramatic demonstration that the opposition's morale remains strong after nearly four weeks of daily protests. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) (15 Dec 2013)
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