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        12/2/2013, Kislev 29, 5774

      Candle Lighting amidst Kiev Demonstrations


      According to The Telegraph, Russian president Vladimir Putin has slammed street protests in Ukraine against the government's decision not to sign a free trade deal with the European Union and seek closer ties with the Kremlin.

      The Telegraph describes how Ukrainian protesters Monday blockaded administrative buildings and camped on Kiev's central square in a bid to oust the government after police brutality and a row over an EU pact plunged the nation into its worst political crisis in a decade.

      The Chabad representative in Kiev said the local Jewish community remained uninvolved in the demonstrations and focused instead on Hanukkah candle lighting and celebrations.