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Polish minister warned Ukrainian protest leader: Back deal or die

ITV News has filmed the Polish foreign minister warning a Ukranian protest leader: "If you don't support this [deal] you'll have martial law, you'll have the army. You will all be dead."

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Polish foreign minister: Martial law was a real threat

The Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski talks to an opposition leader. Credit: ITV News

Following the encounter, the foreign minister spoke with ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates:

Q: You were overheard warning them of the possibility of martial law if they don't accept the deal. Is that a serious threat do you think?

Sikorski: It was a real possibility.

Q: That the army could have been sent in?

Sikorski: To my knowledge the interior troops were being readied.

Q: They've stepped back from the brink is what you're saying?

Sikorski: Well, as you can see it's almost miraculous. Within minutes of the agreement being signed the riot police are leaving.

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