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Feb 21, 2014 5:47 PM by NBC News

Ukraine Makes Deal with Opposition

KIEV, Ukraine - The pressure from the protesters in Kiev has paid off; they won most of their demands.

Ukraine's president, Viktor Yanukovich, signed an agreement to reduce his power and hold elections.

Yanukovich's ally, Russian president Vladimir Putin, loses influence in a neighboring nation.

Ukraine is moving closer to Western Europe and the U.S.

The White House applauded the agreement,

"The fact of the matter is, it is in Russia's interest for the violence to end in the Ukraine," said White House Spokesperson Jay Carney.

President Obama got on the phone to Putin.

Republicans urged him to still impose sanctions on Ukraine.

Back in Kiev, Ukrainian lawmakers traded punches, raising fears that today's agreement might not end the violence in this sharply divided nation.

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