STAMFORD - Ukrainians in southwestern Connecticut are hoping for peace in their native country amid violent protests in Kiev. 

The country's president announced Wednesday evening that he and opposition leaders have agreed on a truce.

At least 25 people were killed and hundreds hurt in Kiev during clashes with police on Tuesday. 

The protests began after President Viktor Yanukovych reversed a decision to sign a trade deal with the European Union. The situation intensified after anti-protest laws went into effect.

Bishop Paul Chomnycky, of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Stamford, says that at issue is a corrupt ruling government. 

Stamford and Norwalk are home to a large Ukranian population.